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 Blacktail Nordic Trails!

The Swan Range seen from Blacktail Mountain! (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers skied the Blacktail Mountain Nordic Trails on a mostly sunny Saturday, March 25, 2017!

It was a search for skiable snow - with the backcountry turning to mush, the Foothills/Bigfork Ski Area no longer skiable, and this perhaps the last weekend for Blacktail grooming as well!

Remember, North Shore Nordic grooms both ski trail systems and relies on your donations!


This article published on March 25, 2017 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Swan River Nature Trail!

Swan River and Swan Range above the dam. (Keith Hammer photos)

Seven Swan Rangers hiked the Swan River Nature Trail near Bigfork on a rainy Saturday, March 18, 2017!

The Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork has proposed to expand the trail system on PacifiCorp lands on both sides of the river in this area!

Click here for a news article announcing a public meeting about the trail plan this Wednesday, March 22, and providing a link to the trail plan map!


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

Swan Rangers Ski Bog Road!

Bog Road is a great place to view the Swan Range on a sunny day! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

Thirteen Swan Rangers skied Bog Road in the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge on a warm and sunny Saturday, March 11, 2017!

They saw tracks of weasel, otter, coyote and more - and celebrated Spring Equinox ten days early on the first big "thaw day" of 2017!

Click here for info on the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge.


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

Swan Rangers Ski Browns, Snowshoe Krause!

A snow squall moves in from the Flathead Valley! (Keith Hammer photo)

Twelve Swan Rangers broke into two groups on a somewhat squally, somewhat sunny Saturday, March 4, 2017!

Half skied into Browns Gulch via the left fork of the Peters Ridge Road (#5385) and half snowshoed in Krause Basin!

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road.


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

Swan Rangers Ski Foothills!

Under a spreading hemlock tree a noisy creek does run! (Keith Hammer photo)

Fourteen Swan Rangers skied the nicely groomed Bigfork Community Nordic Center on an otherwise boilerplate Saturday, February 25, 2017!

They managed to lose track of one another before leaving the parking lot, but didn't get lost on the well mapped trail system!

The trails are groomed by North Shore Nordic, so remember to make a donation to NSN if you use and enjoy them!


This article published on February 25, 2017 • [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]

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