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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 in Search of Snow!

Swan Range and Flathead Lake from Blacktail Mountain (Keith Hammer photo)

Swan Rangers found a bit of fresh snow earlier, but not so much later on, in the week ending Saturday, January 23, 2021!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Keith and Pam skied the Blacktail Mountain Nordic Trails a couple times, taking in views of the Swan Range and the expansive north shore beach of Flathead Lake, like in the photo above.

 



This article published on January 23, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Get Mixed Up in Sun and Squalls!

Swan Range with snow squalls. (Keith Hammer photo)

Swan Rangers ran into each other and got mixed up during their outings in both sun and squalls during the week ending Saturday, January 16, 2021!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Carol, Cissy, Don, Julie, Keith, and Pam hiked various portions of the north shore of Flathead Lake in various combinations, taking in views of the Swan Range like the one above.

 



This article published on January 16, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers: It’s Warm in The Netherlands Too!

View of the Swan Range and Swan River from the Bigfork Nature Trail. (Keith Hammer photo)

Swan Rangers had to head to higher elevations to find good skiing and found the weather warm in the Netherlands as well during the week ending January 9, 2021!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

A number of Swan Rangers hiked the Bigfork Nature Trail along the Swan River, including Debra, Pam and Keith, where Keith took our lead photo, above.

 



This article published on January 09, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Teeter on the Brink!

View of Flathead Lake from Peterson Creek Trail. (Pam Willison photo)

Swan Rangers hiked and skied as snow conditions teetered on the brink during the week ending Saturday, January 2, 2021!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Pam Willison, Pat and Mary skied up the Bear Creek Road and first portion of the Peterson Creek Trail, gaining the above view of Ferndale and Flathead Lake.



This article published on January 02, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Back to Skiing Again!

Fresh snow and a sunny day on Peters Ridge Road! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

Swan Rangers are back to skiing after Santa delivered some fresh snow for Christmas, a happy result for the week ending December 26, 2020!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Keith and Pam skied Peters Ridge Road (above) and in Krause Basin . . .

 



This article published on December 26, 2020 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers On and Off the Farm!

Swan Mountain sunrise! (Chris Gotschalk photo)

Swan Rangers found interesting things to photograph both on and off "the farm" in the week ending Saturday, December 19, 2020!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Captain Chris Gotschalk took the photo above from his house near the Swan River, writing "Red in the morning, sailor's warning!"

 



This article published on December 19, 2020 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Wonder at Things Great and Small!

Stormy Swan Range and sun at Echo Lake! (Pam Willison photo)

Swan Rangers found wonder in things great and small on their outings during the week ending Saturday, December 12, 2020!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Pam Willison wandered around looking for birds at Echo Lake, where she took the photo above, then . . .

 



This article published on December 12, 2020 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Span the Globe!

North Shore Flathead Lake and Swan Range (Keith Hammer photo)

Swan Rangers sent in photos of their outings from around the world in the week ending Saturday, December 5, 2020!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Keith and Pam hiked the North Shore of Flathead Lake again, but this time near Somers, again looking east to the Swan Range (above) and . . .

 

 



This article published on December 05, 2020 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers from Beach to Forest!

North Shore of Flathead Lake and Swan Range. (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

The Swan Rangers took outings on the beach and in forests as far flung as Seattle during the week ending November 28, 2020!

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While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.

Keith and Pam hiked the North Shore of Flathead Lake on a sunny, windy day, looking east to the Swan Range (above) and . . .

 



This article published on November 28, 2020 • [Permalink]


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