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 Noisy and Wolf Creeks!

Noisy Creek on a Fall day! (Bob Muth photo)

Four Swan Rangers hiked in two groups up Noisy Creek and Wolf Creek on Saturday, October 18, 2014!

They missed connections in the parking lot, but all managed to take cameras and contribute photos for this report (thank you)!

The common denominators were beautiful streams and mushrooms!

This article published on October 18, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Peterson Creek Trail!

Thimbleberry turning green to yellow. (Keith Hammer photos)

Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail on a somewhat dark and overcast morning of Saturday, October 11, 2014!

It was a great opportunity for flash photography, however, and a tour of changing Fall colors!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.


This article published on October 11, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Jewel Basin Loop!

The always charming Alpine Trail #7 above Jewel Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)

Seven Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Jewel Basin on a gorgeous Indian Summer Saturday, October 4, 2014!

They hiked in via Twin Lakes, south along the historic Alpine Trail #7 above Jewel Lakes, then out via the notch above Picnic Lakes!

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


This article published on October 04, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Peters Ridge!

The Peters Ridge Trail traverses Brown's Bowl before topping the Swan Crest. (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail to top the Swan Crest on a blustery Saturday, September 27, 2014!

There was some colder air blowing in from the east up there!

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.

This article published on September 27, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Celebrate Wilderness’ 50th!

Keith Hammer introduces keynote speaker Stewart Brandborg. (Keith Hammer and Ross Montgomery photos).

A good showing of Swan Rangers attended a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at the Flathead County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 20, 2014!

The day's festivities included a moving invocation by Kootenai Tribal Member Dr. Vernon Finley, followed by a "call to arms" keynote address by Stewart Brandborg, who worked alongside Howard Zahniser for eight years to pass the Wilderness Act in 1964!

The event was well attended and many thanks go out to the numerous federal agencies, state agencies and nonprofit groups that pulled together to celebrate this landmark piece of conservation legislation!

Click here to learn more about Stewart Brandborg and the Go Wild Flathead celebration.


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

Swan Rangers Hike Crater Notch Loop!

Alpine Trail #7 leads from Birch Lake around the left/NE side of this peak to Crater Notch. (Photos by Norma Linsky, Judi Liedes and Roger Benson)

Eight Swan Rangers hiked a loop from Mount Aeneas into Birch Lake, then out through Crater Notch and down to the Broken Leg Trail at the base of Mt. Aeneas on Saturday, September 13, 2014!

It was a gorgeous sunny day with flash-frozen huckleberries to snack on along the way!

Click here for a map of Jewel Basin that includes the Alpine 7, Crater Notch and Broken Leg trails.

This article published on September 14, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike to Birch Lake!

Mountain ash, Echo Lake and Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers hiked to Jewel Basin's Birch Lake on a sunny blue Saturday, September 6, 2014!

The morning began with a rare moment of silence for Jeff, who is moving away after so many months of keeping us in tears and laughter!

Click here for a Jewel Basin map of Birch Lake.


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

Swan Rangers Hike and Clear Hemler Creek Trail!

Hemler Creek Trail offers nice views of Lake Blaine and the Flathead Valley! (Keith Hammer photos)

Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Hemler Creek Trail on Saturday, August 30, with most continuing on up to Alpine Trail #7 atop the Swan Crest!

They also removed several downed logs from the trail in the upper meadows, which were likely still buried in snow when trail crews may have visited earlier this summer!

Click here for a map of the Hemler Creek Trail.

This article published on August 30, 2014 • [Permalink]

30th Anniversary Hike and Call to Action!

Let's extend Wilderness protection from Swan Peak (above) to Columbia Mountain, all along the Swan Crest! (Photos by Keith Hammer and Pam Willison)

Our recent hike along the Swan Crest commemorates Swan View Coalition's 30th anniversary and asks for your short email supporting Wilderness designation for the area!

Enjoy these 27 photos taken from Napa Ridge to Trinkus Lake, then please send a quick email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Urge the Flathead National Forest to manage and recommend the entire wildlife-rich Swan Crest as Wilderness in its Forest Plan, perhaps highlight your favorite areas, then add your name!

Your voice matters and the Swan Crest needs your help - Thank You!

This article published on August 24, 2014 • [Permalink]

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