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.
Flathead Lake framed by the boulder field above Elk Springs! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fifteen Swan Rangers hiked to Elk Springs on Saturday, May 16, and got out before the rain showers could get serious!
This is just one of many great destinations on Broken Leg Mountain!
The trail up the ridge from the old Bear Creek Road to the Echo - Broken Leg Trail #544 is not shown on the Swan Lake District map, but is shown as part of an alternate route in the lower left of this Jewel Basin map, which doesn't show the old Bear Creek Road.
A grand view of Echo and Flathead Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked to the top of the switchbacks on the Strawberry Lake Trail on Saturday, May 9, but turned around when they encountered hard-packed snow on the steep sidehill traverse to the lake!
A few bushwhacked up to a cliffy opening to get a little better view and a sunny snack spot!
Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail.
Bedrock where the canyon narrows to form Bond Falls. (Keith Hammer photos except of group)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked and cleared the trail to Bond Falls on a sunny Saturday, May 2, 2015!
Fortunately, wildflowers were more abundant than downed logs across the trail!
Click here for a map of the Bond Creek Trail.
Staying high and dry on the creek crossing! (Keith Hammer photos)
Twenty Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail on a sunny Saturday, April 25, 2015!
The wildflowers are really getting with the program - and the views aren't bad either!
Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.
A view of Mud, Echo and Flathead Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eighteen Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail to snow line on a sunny Saturday, April 18, 2015!
The south-facing slopes make this trail a good early season hike. Substantial snow was not encountered until about a half-mile short of Alpine Trail #7!
Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.
View of Flathead Lake from "The Knob!" (Keith Hammer photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked a loop over "The Knob" in Krause Basin on a blustery Saturday, April 11, 2015!
They returned to their cars at Foothill Road via a hike along the Strawberry Lake Road, which remains snowed in above the Echo Creek Spring!
Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Road.
Off we go into the wild gray yonder! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers slogged Peters Ridge Road on a sleeting, slightly slushy Saturday, April 4, 2015!
Signs of Spring, however, persist - if one is willing to look for them!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road and Trail.
A breezy Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail on a breezy Saturday, March 28, to get a nice view of Flathead Lake!
Blue sky arrived along with a blustery cold front, then quickly departed!
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.
Watching showers roll in over Flathead and Mud Lakes. (Keith Hammer photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked the Crater Notch Trail on Saturday, March 21, turning around when reaching snow line at the "first lunch spot!"
While the lower DNRC stretch of the trail now looks more like a stump farm, this remains a unique trail that gets better the higher one goes!
Click here for a map of the Crater Notch Trail.