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.
Sun and smiles along the Swan River Trail! (Norma Linsky photo)
Nine or so Swan Rangers scattered to the wind on a St. Patrick Saturday, March 17, 2018!
Most avoided boiler-plate snow skiing by hiking the Swan River Nature Trail upstream from Bigfork!
Spring ski conditions! (Keith Hammer photos except last one)
Fourteen Swan Rangers found spring ski conditions in the Swan Range on a sunny Saturday, March 10, 2018!
Ten found them on the Peters Ridge Road and four found them at Bigfork Community Nordic Center!
Cottonwood Bottom in Krause Basin! (Keith Hammer photos except last one)
It was a great day of "pick your favorite" skiing in the Swan Range!
The sun tried to make an appearance! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers skied the Swan River Wildlife Refuge on a gray Saturday, February 24, 2018!
There was no wind and no open water to cross!
Click here for info about the Swan River Wildlife Refuge.
The calm before . . . (Keith Hammer photos)
Six Swan Rangers skied serenely on a snowy, soon stormy Saturday, February 17, 2018!
They opted for a long loop on the Foothills Ski area so they could get home before the winds started blowing!
Don't forget to donate to North Shore Nordic if you enjoy the trails they groom!
Over the river and through the woods! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers skied Krause Basin on a frigid Saturday, February 10, 2018!
Our thanks go out to Canada for sharing its fresh air with us!
Krause Creek at the upper end of Cottonwood Bottom! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers skied a loop in Krause Basin on a slightly soggy Saturday, February 3, 2018!
They went up through Cottonwood Bottom then returned via the Strawberry Lake Road, which is a nice glide except for the plowed last mile!
The calm of a Swan River backwater. (Keith Hammer photos except one)
Nine Swan Rangers skied to Mission Lookout on a fresh-powder Saturday, January 27, 2018!
The ski was 8 miles long and 5 inches deep!
Click here for directions to the Mission Lookout.
Overlook of Flathead and Echo Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)
Six Swan Rangers skied Peters Ridge Road on a misty-freezy Saturday, January 20, 2018!
The inch of fresh snow was a bit sticky on the way up but a freezing mist slicked it up for the glide down!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road.