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 sunny Swan River and Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Echo-Broken Leg Trail on a snow-fallen Saturday, October 14, 2017!
They thought the trail would remain below snow-line, but they were wrong!
Click here for a map of the Echo-Broken Leg Trail.
The brush-cutting crew minus two! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers cut brush back from the trail in Krause Basin on a slightly drippy Saturday, October 7, 2017!
They widened the steep pitch below Cottonwood Bottom to increase chances of survival while skiing it downhill during winter!
Click here for more about the Swan Rangers in Service program.
Fall colors, ducks, Swan River, Swan Range, Swan Rain! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers sauntered down the Swan River Nature Trail on what started as a rainy Saturday, September 30, 2017!
It was a wonderful exploration of fall colors!
A view of the Swan Valley and distant Mission Mountains. (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Wire Trail on a nippy Saturday, September 23, 2017!
Some made it oh so close to Alpine Trail #7 before having to turn around!
Click here for a map of the Wire Trail.
Bond Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked to Bond Lake on a sunny Saturday, September 16, 2017!
Fall was in the air and a bit of snow in the high country!
Click here for a map of the Bond Creek Trail.
When the distance is obscured by smoke, focus on things close-up, like this beautiful salsify seedhead! (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked in Krause Basin on a smokey Saturday, September 9, 2017!
They brushed back some of the main and north fork trail in anticipation of winter skiing, while hoping for rain and/or snow to end the long fire season!
Huckleberry Bandit! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked to Black and Jewel Lakes on a somewhat smokey Saturday, September 2, 2017!
They had a chat about Bob Marshall's epic 1928 hike through Jewel Basin and the Wilderness that now bears his name!
Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!
The Rangers come to a fork in the trail! (Pat Jaquith photos)
Six Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Jewel Basin on a clear Saturday, August 26, 2017!
They went up through Picnic Notch, along Alpine Trail #7 above Jewel Lakes, then back around via Noisy Notch!
Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.
Above the smoke at 7,400 feet! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked Sixmile Peak on a breezy Saturday, August 19, 2017!
They climbed above the valley smoke for outstanding 360-degree views!
Click here for a map of the Sixmile Trail.