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.
The Rangers on an old logging road on "The Knob!" (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked a variety of short loops on "The Knob" in Krause Basin on Saturday, October 3, 2015!
They took advantage of forecast high winds to stay in the low country and inspect unauthorized trail clearing discovered earlier this summer, even though the Forest Service's 1988 Noisy Face Recreation Plan clearly limits the trail system in this key habitat for elk, grizzly bear and other wildlife.
Fall colors above the haze! (Keith Hammer photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail among gorgeous Fall colors on Saturday, September 26, 2015!
While smoke from a wildfire near the Mission Mountains' Cedar Lake limited the long views, there was plenty to look at close up!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.
A view of Ferndale, with Mud and Flathead Lakes. (Keith Hammer photos)
Twenty-one Swan Rangers hiked the Echo - Broken Leg Trail on a wonderful Fall Saturday, September 19, 2015!
Besides the onset of beautiful fall colors, there were no ticks on this trail that is famous for them during Spring!
Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.
Piper Lake. (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked to Piper Lake while five hiked the Phillips Trail, both in the Mission Mountains, on Saturday, September 12!
Piper Lake is in the Mission Mountain Wilderness while the Phillips Trail overlooks Flathead Lake from Crane Mountain!
A Montana Conservation Corps crew was hard at work improving the Piper Lake Trail! But Congress right now is threatening to greatly reduce funding for AmeriCorps, which would in turn drastically reduce MCC programs. Please make a quick phone call to MT Senator Steve Daines ((202) 224-2651) and MT Representative Ryan Zinke ((202) 225-3211) (or the members of Congress from your home state) to help them understand how important full funding of AmeriCorps and MCC is to you and your ability to enjoy public lands! Thank you!
Click here for a map of the Piper Lake Trail.
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.
A welcome rainy day in the Swan Range! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers strolled the Swan River Nature Trail on a welcome rainy Saturday, September 5, 2015!
They preferred to enjoy the heavier rain showers in the Swan Range from a distance!
The Swan Range viewed from the Swan River School! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Seven Swan Rangers hiked a short outing in thick wildfire smoke on Saturday, August 29, 2015!
Five chose the non-cardio flat lands of the Foothills Ski Area while two sought a workout on the steep Crater Notch Trail!
Strawberry Lake shows off a bit more shoreline during a drought year! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked to Strawberry Lake on a welcome smoke-free Saturday, August 22, 2015!
It was a welcome respite from dense wildfire smoke as a cold front flushed it out of the area for most of the day!
Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail.
A hazy view of Lake Blaine from the Hemler Creek Trail! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fifteen Swan Rangers hiked the Hemler Creek Trail on a smokey, cloudy and cool Saturday, August 15, 2015!
The post-thunderstorm cool weather was a welcome respite from an unusually hot summer!
Click here for a map of the Hemler Creek Trail.
Hall Lake sits just below the Swan Crest's Hall-Quintonkon divide! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Twenty-one Swan Rangers hiked to Hall Lake on Saturday, August 8, with half continuing on to Alpine Trail #7 at the Hall-Quintonkon divide!
There were some tasty huckleberries here and there, but not any more!
Click here for a map of the Hall Lake Trail.