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 Peters Ridge!

Swan Crest view of Peters Ridge and Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked Peters Ridge through Bee Notch on a will-it-thunderstorm Saturday, July 15, 2017!

Wildflowers remain abundant and the bees remain very happy!

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.


This article published on July 15, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Seek A/C on Tongue Mountain!

Air conditioning was found at higher elevation, snowfields and meltwater! (Keith Hammer photos)

Fifteen Swan Rangers broke into two groups and hiked Tongue Mountain to overlook Clayton Lake on a hot Saturday, July 8, 2017!

Trail junctions were a bit hard to find due to lingering snow, but the cooler air was worth it!

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


This article published on July 08, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Aeneas and Birch!

Mt. Aeneas southern view of Birch, In-Thlam-Keh and Crater Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

Fifteen Swan Rangers split into two groups to hike in Jewel Basin on a sunny Saturday, July 1, 2017!

Half hiked up Mt. Aeneas and half to Birch Lake!

Click here for a map of Jewel Basin Hiking Area.


This article published on July 01, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Peterson Creek Trail!

Mock orange along the road! (Keith Hammer photos)

Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail on a sunny Saturday, June 24, 2017!

They turned around at the junction with Trail 353. After July 1, the gate on Road 5398 will open and shave 1.2 miles off this hike, making the old Red Owl burn and its fantastic views a bit easier to achieve!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.


This article published on June 24, 2017 • [Permalink]

Krause Basin Nature Trail Refurbished!

Twenty hours were spent refurbishing the Krause Basin Interpretive Trail in June 2017; repairing vandalism to the signboard, pulling weeds from the trail tread, and trimming overgrowth to return it to its original width!

Click here for information about the trail and a free trail guide brochure.

This article published on June 23, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Bond and Peters!

Bridge over Bond Creek. (Susan Foster photo)

Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked to Bond Falls on a post-drip Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Three hiked Peters Ridge Road in search of illusive lady slippers!

Click here for a map of the Bond Creek Trail.

This article published on June 17, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Celebrate 601st Outing!

Toasting with sparkling cider at Strawberry Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Twelve Swan Rangers celebrated their 601st outing by hiking to Strawberry Lake on Saturday, June 10, 2017!

Since the first outing in November, 2005, nearly 600 different people have participated as Swan Rangers, averaging ten people per outing!

Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail.

This article published on June 10, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Estes Lake!

Arnica along the way! (Keith Hammer photos)

Eleven Swan Rangers hiked to Estes Lake from Woods Bay on a pleasant Saturday, May 20, 2017!

The wildflowers and the mosquitos were out for all to enjoy!


This article published on May 20, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Elk Springs and Wolf Creek!

Don't you love the colors of bud sheaths and mountain maple leaves? (Keith Hammer photos)

Seven Swan Rangers hiked Elk Springs and Wolf Creek on a chilly, drippy Saturday, May 13, 2017!

Most encountered fresh snow near the source of Elk Springs, while two chose to check out the lower elevations of Wolf Creek!


This article published on May 13, 2017 • [Permalink]

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