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 Ski Porcupine!

Looking south up the Swan River from Porcupine Bridge! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers skied the Porcupine Road south of Swan Lake on an overcast Saturday, February 18, 2017!

The snow was a bit cruchy in the morning but softened as the day warmed up a bit!


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

Swan Rangers Snowshoe Krause and Ski Foothills!

Trail breakers reach South Krause Creek among the mightly hemlocks! (Keith Hammer photo)

Fourteen Swan Rangers split into two groups, with half snowshoeing in Krause Basin and half skiing the Foothills Ski Area, on a partly sunny Saturday, February 11, 2017!

Snowshoes were the choice for breaking open ski trails long-buried by recent snow storms ending in a rain-freeze crust, with the "grooming" crew getting as far as "the north fork/south fork junction!"

Whether recreating in the lower portion of Krause Basin or on the Bigfork Community Nordic Center, you'll need to buy a 2017 DNRC State Lands Recreation Use Permit ($5-10) March 1 at a MDFWP office or participating sporting goods store.


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

Swan Rangers Ski Foothills Ski Area!

Happy faces on freshly groomed snow! (Joel Vignere photo)

Seven Swan Rangers skied the Bigfork Community Nordic Center on Foothills Road on a snowy Saturday, February 4, 2017!

With almost a foot of fresh snow, some of the tracks were groomed and some yet to be groomed by North Shore Nordic Club!

Click here to check out the conditions, check on the rules, or to make a donation to North Shore Nordic!


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

Swan Rangers Ski/Snowshoe Peterson Creek!

Looking over Ferndale to Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Eleven Swan Rangers skied and snowshoed the Peterson Creek Road on a pleasant Saturday, January 28, 2017!

Though a bit sticky on the way up, the snow proved an excellent glide down for the skiers!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Road and Trail.


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

Swan Rangers Hike/Ski Porcupine Yew!

Sundog over the Swan River! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked and skied the Porcupine and Yew Creek roads on a partly sunny Saturday, January 21, 2017!

They'd expected boilerplate frozen rain-on-snow but found the roads freshly groomed and skiable, for those who hadn't left their skis behind!


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

Swan Rangers Ski Peters Ridge Road!

Frosted ponderosa pine tower above the rest on Peters Ridge! (Keith Hammer photos)

Fourteen Swan Rangers skied the Peters Ridge Road on a foggy Saturday, January 14, 2017!

Enjoy the powder snow the next few foggy days - rain is forecast for later next week!

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road.

This article published on January 14, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Ski Swan Wildlife Refuge!

Steam rises from the Swan River! (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers skied the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge on a brisk, sunny Saturday, January 7, 2017!

Though the temperature nudged a bit above zero, the slight breeze kept the wind chill in the negative!


This article published on January 07, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Ski Krause Basin!

The "Grand Canyon" of Krause Basin! (Keith Hammer photo)

Sixteen Swan Rangers broke into several groups and skied various routes in Krause Basin on New Years Eve Day, 2016!

Sub-zero temperatures forecast for the next week should improve the snow bridges that deteriorated a bit last week!


This article published on December 31, 2016 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Christmas Story!

Swan River School  and Swan Range(rs)! (Roger Benson photo)

Twas the day before Christmas, in the car parking lot, said one Ranger to the other, "Nobody is here, no they are not!"

No sooner had they left, for home since nobody was being, when four Rangers arrived, wanting to go skiing!

"Where did those guys go, those Rangers from breakfast? It appears, yes it does, they have gone off and left us!"

So the four they went skiing, up the North Fork of Krause, where wild creatures were stirring; snowshoe hare, squirrel and mouse!

Hope your Christmas was merry and there's more snow in the weather, maybe next year the Rangers will get it together!


This article published on December 26, 2016 • [Permalink]

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