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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.