The northern Swan Range -- home to the Jewel Basin Hiking Area and Alpine Trail No. 7, is the rugged backyard and scenic backdrop of the Flathead Valley. From Inspriation Pass to Columbia Mountain, the northern Swan supports our unique way of life and contributes much to the natural beauty and economic prosperity of the entire Flathead Valley. This website is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of the northern Swan Range. Now is the time to act for the future of the Swan.
(Simensen/Gotschalk photo. All others by Keith Hammer)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Echo Creek headwaters in search of mushrooms on Saturday, October 15, 2016!
They weren't disappointed!
Snow on the Swan Crest, with Mt. Aeneas right of center. (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Foothills Ski Area trails as a warm-up to the ski season on a rainy Saturday, October 8, 2016!
With snow in the high country, it's not too early to visit North Shore Nordic for directions to and maps of the ski area!
Rain and Fall colors along the Swan River! (Susan Bruegeman photo)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Swan River Trail on a rainy Saturday, October 1, 2016!
The River Trail upstream from Bigfork is always a great 4-mile out and back option for getting wet from the top down instead of from the bottom up on a brushy trail!
A view of Swan Lake through Fall colors! (Keith Hammer photo)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked an old road up Johnson Creek on Saturday, September 24, 2016!
The old road joins with Hwy 83 just north of Johnson Creek and the Bigfork Gun Club, is closed to passenger vehicles, and is popular with locals thanks to the gracious access provided by Stoltze Land and Lumber Company.
It eventually joins with the Sixmile Sidehill Trail to Weed Lake at its west end, though this map does not show the road!
Looking out over Mud Lake and Birch Flats. (Keith Hammer photos)
Four Swan Rangers hiked a short loop along and downslope of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail on Saturday, September 17!
Who would have thought that using GPS to measure the acreage of the loop would be gross and perhaps overshadow the colorful puns and foliage?
The always gorgeous Swan River! (Keith Hammer photos)
The Preserve is open to the public for foot travel and lies between the Swan River Wildlife Refuge and Porcupine Road, just south of the town of Swan Lake.
The Wire Trail offers views of the Swan Crest from Thunderbolt Mtn. to Swan Peak! (Pat Jaquith photo)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked the Wire Trail on a changeable-weather Saturday, September 3, 2016!
There was a bit of a fashion show and the question arose "can one pick huckleberries with gloves on?"
Click here for a map of the Wire Trail.
Looking up the Swan Valley from Sixmile Peak! (Susan Brueggeman photo)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked the Sixmile Lookout Trail on a somewhat smokey Saturday, August 27, 2016!
There's no longer a fire lookout there, but the fantastic views remain!
Click here for a map of the Sixmile Lookout Trail.
A view from the overlook just below Crater Notch! (Pat Jaquith photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked in two groups to Crater Notch and Birch Lake on Saturday, August 20, 2016!
Crater Notch offers a nice, steep climb, while Birch Lake via Camp Misery offers a more mellow hike!
Click here for a map of the Crater Notch Trail.
Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!