Welcome to the Swan Range

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.

This article published on March 07, 2012 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Sucker Hole Sun!

Destination: Snow line on Peters Ridge (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked Peters Ridge Road with a "sucker hole" promise of sunny weather on Saturday, December 20, 2014!

The sunny weather failed to stick around, but it was a good bit of exercise and fun companionship nonetheless!

Wikipedia: "Sucker hole is a colloquial term referring to a short spate of good weather that "suckers" sailors into leaving port just in time for a storm to resume at full force."

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road area.

This article published on December 20, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Gray Day!

A view upriver toward the beautiful Swan Range! (Keith Hammer photos)

Twelve Swan Rangers hiked along the Swan River above Bigfork on a gray, rainy Saturday, December 13, 2014!

And to think they were skiing fresh snow the week prior!


This article published on December 13, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Ski Among Bears, Wolverine!

Krause Basin a winter wonderland once again! (Keith Hammer photos)

Just when you thought it safe to remove the bear spray from your pack belt for the season, eleven Swan Rangers discovered bear beds and wolverine tracks while skiing in Krause Basin on Saturday, December 6, 2014!

Couldn't be sure if the small bear was black or griz, but it had rested and bedded down in a couple places beneath hemlock trees since the snowfall stopped Friday.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported last week that only about half of the grizzly bears they monitor had gone into dens thus far.

This article published on December 06, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Wolf Creek!

Wolf Creek in its winter splendor! (Bob Muth and Joel Vignere photos)

Five Swan Rangers hiked the old Bear Creek Road to Wolf Creek on Saturday, November 29, 2014!

The outing began in a blizzard and ended with a bit of sunshine on a chilly day!

See the end of this post for a CHANGE in breakfast and meeting places for NEXT SATURDAY ONLY.

This article published on November 29, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Hemlock Glades!

Tree huggers! (Keith Hammer photos)

Six Swan Rangers hiked hidden glades of western hemlock in Krause Basin on Saturday, November 22, 2014!

These off-trail gems offer everything from big old trees to tiny worlds of lichen and fungi!

This article published on November 22, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Swan Foothills!

Sunny terrain in the Swan Foothills! (Keith Hammer photos)

Like moths drawn to a sub-zero flame, fifteen Swan Rangers hiked the Swan Foothills seeking sun and fun on Saturday, November 15, 2014!

They hiked nearly seven miles in the Foothills Ski Area that will be groomed for skiing this winter by the North Shore Nordic Club!

In fact, tonight is North Shore Nordic's annual fundraiser in Lakeside from 6-10 - so visit http://northshorenordic.org for details on the fundraiser, to make a donation, or for maps of its two ski areas (Foothills/Bigfork and Blacktail/Lakeside)!


This article published on November 15, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Switchback!

Mud, Echo and Flathead Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos).

Twelve Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail up to the shoulder of Mount Aeneas on Saturday, November 8, 2014!

It was a gorgeous, sunny Fall day - and perhaps one of the last for a while with frigid temps and snow in the forecast!

Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.

REMINDER: Swan View Coalition's annual membership meeting is Sunday, November 16, 4pm, followed by potluck at 5 and a music jam session - all at the Mtn. Brook Community Library, 2353 Foothill Road!


This article published on November 08, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Above the Fog!

The Swan Crest viewed from Crane Mountain! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked above valley fog on the eastern slopes of Crane Mountain Saturday, November 1, 2014!

It's a great place to wander in cedar forests among fungal friends!


This article published on November 01, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Birch, In-Thlam-Keh Lakes!

Mount Aeneas reflected in Birch Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers hiked to Birch and In-Thlam-Keh Lakes in Jewel Basin on Saturday, October 25, 2014!

Some fun was had emptying a found can of bear spray that had no trigger safety, so the Rangers could pack it out safely! ("Hack, hack, which way is the wind blowing? You get the picture!)

Click here to learn why "Squaw" Lake was renamed "In-Thlam-Keh."

Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.


This article published on October 25, 2014 • [Permalink]

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