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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 Peter-Patter Loop!

This photo of an early Swan Ranger outing hangs in the Echo Lake Cafe!

Eight Swan Rangers hiked a loop in the Peterson and Patterson Creeks area on a fresh-snow Saturday, December 16, 2017!

Five miles, a little bushwhack, and two crossings of each of the two creeks gets you back to where you started!

Click here for a non-existent map of the loop.

 



This article published on December 16, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Muddy Jewel!

Swan Rangers in the Wildland-Urban Interface. (Keith Hammer photos)

Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the area between Jewel Basin Road and Mud Lake on a gray Saturday, December 9, 2017!

They then took a quick stroll around the Foothills Ski Area, dreaming of snow and cursing weather inversions!

 



This article published on December 09, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Estes Lake!

Flathead Lake and Woods Bay. (Keith Hammer photos)

Eleven Swan Rangers hiked to Estes Lake from Woods Bay on Saturday, December 2, 2017!

It's a serene little place for being so close to the bustling communities of Woods Bay and Ferndale!

 



This article published on December 02, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Johnson Creek Road!

A glimpse of Swan Lake from the Johnson Cr. Road (Pat Jaquith photo)

Six Swan Rangers hiked the Johnson Creek Road on a sunny blue Saturday, November 25, 2017!

With leaves mostly off the fall foliage, it's a great time to observe bird nests hidden in the limbs!

 



This article published on November 25, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Phillips Trail!

Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)

Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail on a breezy Saturday, November 18, 2017!

It was downright chilly at the overlook, where the Rangers turned around after a very short snack break!

Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.



This article published on November 18, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Slog Krause Basin!

Cottonwood Bottom. (Keith Hammer photos)

Thirteen Swan Rangers slogged through a sloppy, slushy, snowy Krause Basin on a sensational Saturday, November 11, 2017!

They were reminded how much fun tracking of wildlife is during winter!

 



This article published on November 11, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Wolf Creek!

Wolf Creek pulling on a winter cloak! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked into Wolf Creek on a wintery Saturday, November 4, 2017!

They hiked in several inches snow via the old Bear Creek Road.

 



This article published on November 04, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Peters Ridge!

Southerly view from Peters Ridge! (Keith Hammer photos)

Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail on a sunny Saturday, October 28, 2017!

They turned around in various stages as the trail got icier, snowier, then deeper!

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.



This article published on October 28, 2017 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Foothills Ski Area!

A colorful Noisy Creek! (Susan Foster photos unless otherwise noted)

Four Swan Rangers hiked the Foothills Ski Area on a damp Saturday, October 21, 2017!

They wore hunter orange or other bright colors and stayed well below the fresh snow line!

 



This article published on October 21, 2017 • [Permalink]


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