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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Twas a taste of Fall in the breeze off Hall Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked to Hall Lake on a pleasant Saturday, August 23, that was forecast to be very rainy!
While overcast, it was the perfect temperature for hiking and bug-free!
Click here for a map of the Hall Lake Trail.
A bit of steam rises from Wolf Creek! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers hiked a loop on the northern shoulder of Broken Leg Mountain on a damp Saturday, August 16, 2014!
It was a welcome chance to rinse the dust of their boots, with most continuing up from the end of the old Bear Creek Road to the Broken Leg Trail, over to Elk Springs, and back down!
The always inviting Alpine Trail #7 runs through the heart of Jewel Basin! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers took a lickin' and kept on tickin' on Saturday, August 9, hiking Tongue Mountain to overlook Clayton Lake in Jewel Basin!
A few snow drifts and emerging glacier lilies still remain along the "Tongue," a favorite late-season wildflower hike!
Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.
Bond Falls (Keith Hammer photos)
Fifteen Swan Rangers broke into groups and hiked to Bond Falls on Saturday, August 2, with most continuing on to Bond Lake!
Bond Falls offer a cool and refreshing stop along the way!
Click here for a map of Bond Creek Trail #21.