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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 Bigfork Nature Trail!

Swan Range and Swan River in shades of gray! (Keith Hammer photos)

Five Swan Rangers hiked the Bigfork Nature Trail on a rainy Saturday, April 20, 2019!

The Trail runs two miles upstream from Bigfork along the Swan River.



This article published on April 20, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Peters, Snowshoe Elk!

Flathead Lake (Keith Hammer photos except one)

Six Swan Rangers snowshoed to Elk Springs on Saturday, April 13, though five did it vicariously while hiking the Peters Ridge Road!

They enjoyed Elk Springs via a text message and photo sent by the lone Ranger that did snowshoe there!



This article published on April 13, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Revisit Blacktail Trails!

Looking down the power line corridor toward Flathead Lake and the Swan Range! (Norma Linsky photos)

Six Swan Rangers again skied the Blacktail X-country ski trails on a threatening-sky Saturday, April 6, 2019!

They skied the "power line" route in what may be their last ski of the season, but didn't get rained on!

Click here for more info about North Shore Nordic's Blacktail Ski Trails.



This article published on April 06, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Ski Blacktail Trails!

The Swan Crest seen across Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Thirteen Swan Rangers skied groomed x-country trails on Blacktail Mountain on a sunny Saturday, March 30, 2019!

Snow at lower elevations is getting punky and scarce!

Click here for more information on North Shore Nordic's Blacktail Ski Trails!



This article published on March 30, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers in a Rut!

View of a still-frozen Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers skied a rutted Peters Ridge Road on a sunny Saturday, March 23, 2019!

Pickups have rutted up the first 1.7 miles to the fork in the road, but the right-hand fork was then smooth sailing!

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road.



This article published on March 23, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Ski Porcupine Road!

Looking up the Swan River from the Porcupine bridge! (Keith Hammer photos)

Five Swan Rangers skied the Porcupine Road on a sunny, crunchy in the morning Saturday, March 16, 2019!

With the spur road to Mission Lookout tore up by snow machines, they kept to the Porupine Road for four miles before turning around for a softer-snow yet pretty quick downhill return!



This article published on March 16, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Ski Swan Wildlife Refuge!

Sunshine and dizzy coyote tracks! (Keith Hammer photos except one)

Eleven Swan Rangers skied the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge on a sometimes sunny Saturday, March 9, 2019!

All but the main river was well frozen with no open leads to negotiate.



This article published on March 09, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Skip Arctic Outing!

The Swan Crest above Peters Ridge. (Keith Hammer photo)

Faced with travel advisories and another arctic front with subzero temps and wind chills, the Swan Rangers cancelled their outing for Saturday, March 2, 2019!

It turned into a beautifully sunny day for folks to shovel, plow, split firewood, thaw out frozen pipes, and partake of other arctic accoutrements - but cold winds did persist just to keep it challenging!



This article published on March 02, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Ski Peters-Krause Loop!

The arctic front blew in a little earlier than forecast! (Keith Hammer photos except one)

Eight Swan Rangers skied up the Peters Ridge Road, then down the old Krause Basin Road to Foothill Road on a blizzardy Saturday, February 23, 2019!

Three Swan Rangers opted for the Foothills Ski Area, where it also blew and snowed!

This map will show you Peters Ridge Road 5388, but not how to loop back to Foothill Road!



This article published on February 23, 2019 • [Permalink]


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