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.
Crossing South Krause Creek! (Keith Hammer photos except the last)
Ten Swan Rangers skied up the North Fork of Krause Creek on a warm Saturday, January 13, 2018!
Several turned around early, trading in the mashed potatoes for the groomed trails at the Foothills Ski Area (North Shore Nordic)!
Following the snowy white road! (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers skied the Bear Creek Road on a crunch-a-mushy Saturday, January 6, 2018!
With the first thaw of the season the snow was like a twice-baked potato; a little crust on top of mashed potatoes!
But it beats staying home and chopping ice dams off the roof!
Click here for a map of the Bear Creek Road, which leads to the Peterson Creek trail.
(Pam and Keith selfie)
Twas the next to last day of 2017
The weather was trying to be really mean
With cold from the north and wet from the west
It was “emergency travel only,” at best!
So we called the café
“Are there Swan Rangers there?”
“Not a creature is stirring
There’s nobody, nowhere!”
So we got out our shovels
Snowplow and snowblower
And moved tons of snow
We moved it all over!
But we would not ever
Give in to defeat
This day without skiing
Would not be complete!
So, with a half-day delay
Two Swan Rangers went skiing
And took this photo
That you are seeing!
We hope you are safe and
With those you hold dear
And we wish you all
A Happy New Year!
The Swan Rangers meet every Saturday at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast at 8:30, leaving at 9:30 for a partial day outing in the northern Swan Mountains and foothills.
They carpool from the Swan River School parking lot next to the Cafe.
When hiking in bear country, remember to carry bear spray and avoid the 3-D's: dawn, dusk, and darkness.
Everyone is welcome!
Breaking out into the sun in Cottonwood Bottom! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers skied sweet snow on a sub-zero Saturday, December 23, breaking trail up to and through Cottonwood Bottom in Krause Basin!
It was a knee-deep affair that was also a great study in how light changes along the way and through the day!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.