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 and Clear Hemler Creek Trail!

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.

This article published on August 30, 2014 • [Permalink]

30th Anniversary Hike and Call to Action!

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!

Enjoy these 27 photos taken from Napa Ridge to Trinkus Lake, then please send a quick email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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!

This article published on August 24, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Hall Lake!

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.

This article published on August 23, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Do Broken Leg Boot Wash!

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!


This article published on August 16, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Licked by Tongue Mountain!

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.


This article published on August 09, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Bond Falls and Lake!

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.


This article published on August 02, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Aeneas and Inspiration!

Mt. Aeneas offers goats up close and personal! (Fawn Simensen photo)

Ten Swan Rangers hiked Mt. Aeneas and eight hiked Inspiration Pass on Saturday, July 26, 2014!

Both hikes offered lots of views and wildflowers. Aeneas offered the bonus of mountain goats!

Click here for a map of Jewel Basin Hiking Area, which includes Mt. Aeneas.

Click here for a map of the Napa Lookout (Ridge) Trail, which leads to Alpine Trail #7 and Inspiration Pass.


This article published on July 26, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Take Smokey Stroll!

Washington smoke colors a Swan Range sunrise! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers took a smokey stroll in Krause Basin on Saturday, July 19, 2014!

They hiked a loop through Cottonwood Bottom, digging water bars and diverting a stream that was running down the trail, trimming back some alder brush, then checking on a bit of trail they'd etched in along Krause Creek a couple weeks ago.

Click here for a map showing the network of these trails in the Krause Basin area (select the Swan Lake Ranger District - North Half map).

This article published on July 19, 2014 • [Permalink]

Sixmile Trail Cleared Above Alpine 7 140712

The Swan Rangers cleared several deadfall from the Sixmile Lookout Trail above Alpine Trail #7 on Saturday, July 12, 2014!

Motorcycles were starting a nasty detour around the deadfall pictured below, which the Rangers removed with hand saw and a nearby dead wood lever.

The Forest Service had already cleared the trail up to Alpine #7, so it is now in good condition all the way to Sixmile Peak!


This article published on July 13, 2014 • [Permalink]

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