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.
There was a lot of contrast in the Krause Basin Caucus! (Fawn Simensen photo)
Fifteen Swan Rangers skied into the North Fork of Krause Basin on a partly sunny Saturday, February 6, 2016!
The snow was quite good, in spite of warm weather, but the heavy snow has brought quite a few trees down across the trails!
Headed west on the Porcupine Road! (Keith Hammer photos)
Twenty-one Swan Rangers skied to Mission Lookout on a partly sunny Saturday, January 30, 2016!
A couple inches of fresh snow made the quicker parts of the downhill "manageable!"
Click here for directions to Mission Lookout.
Twin Notch seen through fir, larch and birch! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the Strawberry Lake Road on Saturday, January 23, as an alternative to skiing on rain-freeze boiler plate!
Rain followed by a clear night made for a pretty crunchy morning, but the companionship and surroundings were none the worse for it!
Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Road.
Trees hang full of snow along Peters Ridge Road! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers skied the Peters Ridge Road on a sun-through-cloud Saturday, January 16, 2016!
Though a bit humid and sticky on the way up, it was a nice glide coming down if you had glide wax!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road #5388.
Group photo taken from way in the rear! (Keith Hammer photos)
Twenty Swan Rangers skied and snowshoed Bog Road in the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge on a subdued Saturday, January 9, 2016!
It was not the usual sunny day chosen for our visit, but it was equally wonderful in the full hush of winter and gently falling snow!
Click here for more info about the Refuge, which is located a couple miles south of the town of Swan Lake.
Lots of room on the snowed-in road early on! (Norma Linsky photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers skied and snowshoed up the Peterson Creek road and trail on Saturday, January 2, 2016!
They went as far as the first creek crossing on the trail - under inverted, overcast sky.
Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek road and trail.
The old route up South Krause Creek is a winter wonderland! (Keith Hammer photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers broke trail through deep snow up South Krause Creek on Saturday, December 26, 2015!
They made it all the way up to the Strawberry Lake Road, which provided a loop return to Foothill Road!
The snow bridge over North Krause Creek is a bit testy! (Keith Hammer photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers skied and snowshoed the north fork of Krause Basin on Saturday, December 19, and it didn't disappoint!
They saw tracks of wolverine, pine marten and snowhoe hare in a scene turned Winter just in time for a HAPPY SOLSTICE!
Still waiting for enough snow to ski the foothills! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eighteen Swan Rangers hiked the Foothills Ski Area on Saturday, December 12, removing several deadfall from the trails in anticipation of snow!
Once enough snow falls and North Shore Nordic begins grooming these ski trails (also known as the Bigfork Community Nordic Center), however, hiking there is a no-no and snowshoes or skis are required!
Click here to visit North Shore Nordic's web site and find maps of these trail loops.