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.
A dragonfly with see-through camouflage wings! (Keith Hammer photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Echo - Broken Leg Trail and saw a variety of wildlife and wildflowers on Saturday, July 23, 2016!
They also saw lots and lots of bear poop and a bear for good measure!
Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.
A "wish we had some hot chocolate" sort of day! (Susan Brueggeman photo)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked to Hall Lake on a slightly drippy Saturday, July 16, 2016!
They didn't find any huckleberries at all, nor would they lie about such a thing!
Click here for a map of the Hall Lake Trail.
Krause Basin is home to big cedar and hemlock! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked a short loop in the eastern portion of Krause Basin on a "100% chance of rain" Saturday, July 9, 2016!
Some were still too dry for comfort, so headed off on another loop elsewhere!
Topping Tongue Mountain's ridge, with Great Northern and the Flathead Range in the distance! (Susan Brueggeman photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked to Clayton Lake on a wonderful Saturday, July 2, 2016!
There's still plenty of snow to be found in Jewel Basin Hiking Area!
Click here for a map of Jewel Basin.
Rangers pause at the overlook as 1.1" of rain burns off of Infinity Ridge! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Road on a still-drippy Saturday, June 25, 2016!
On July 1, the Forest Service will open the gate for the season and cars can continue on to the Peters Ridge trailhead.
Click here for a map.
Mountain maple seeds are already fully formed! (Keith Hammer photos)
Sixteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail in advance of forecast thunderstorms on Saturday, June 18, 2016!
Though some huckleberries are already ripe, lots of wildflowers remain in bloom!
Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.
A view of Mud, Echo and Flathead Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked a damp Switchback Trail on a clearing Saturday, June 11, 2016!
They saw a broad array of wildflowers and learned from other hikers that the Jewel Basin Road is still snowed-in a bit prior to the Camp Misery parking lot.
Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.
A view of the Swan Crest in the headwaters of North Lost Creek! (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked a closed road in North Lost Creek while four hiked the Phillips Trail on a sunny, hot Saturday, June 4!
The hike on the closed road was for fun but also to check out culverts removed from avalanche chutes to protect bull trout and to confirm one big culvert was wrongly left behind!
Click here for a copy of Swan View Coalition's "Road to Ruin" report if you'd like to learn more about how culverts trash water quality and fish habitat.
There's still a bit of snow and ice at Strawberry Lake! (Norma Linsky photo)
Fifteen Swan Rangers hiked to Strawberry Lake on a partly sunny Saturday, May 28, 2016!
The Rangers report the trail is in great shape and that huckleberries look very promising for later this summer!
Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail.