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 Hike Hemlock Glades!

Tree huggers! (Keith Hammer photos)

Six Swan Rangers hiked hidden glades of western hemlock in Krause Basin on Saturday, November 22, 2014!

These off-trail gems offer everything from big old trees to tiny worlds of lichen and fungi!

This article published on November 22, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Swan Foothills!

Sunny terrain in the Swan Foothills! (Keith Hammer photos)

Like moths drawn to a sub-zero flame, fifteen Swan Rangers hiked the Swan Foothills seeking sun and fun on Saturday, November 15, 2014!

They hiked nearly seven miles in the Foothills Ski Area that will be groomed for skiing this winter by the North Shore Nordic Club!

In fact, tonight is North Shore Nordic's annual fundraiser in Lakeside from 6-10 - so visit http://northshorenordic.org for details on the fundraiser, to make a donation, or for maps of its two ski areas (Foothills/Bigfork and Blacktail/Lakeside)!


This article published on November 15, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Switchback!

Mud, Echo and Flathead Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos).

Twelve Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail up to the shoulder of Mount Aeneas on Saturday, November 8, 2014!

It was a gorgeous, sunny Fall day - and perhaps one of the last for a while with frigid temps and snow in the forecast!

Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.

REMINDER: Swan View Coalition's annual membership meeting is Sunday, November 16, 4pm, followed by potluck at 5 and a music jam session - all at the Mtn. Brook Community Library, 2353 Foothill Road!


This article published on November 08, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Above the Fog!

The Swan Crest viewed from Crane Mountain! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked above valley fog on the eastern slopes of Crane Mountain Saturday, November 1, 2014!

It's a great place to wander in cedar forests among fungal friends!


This article published on November 01, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Birch, In-Thlam-Keh Lakes!

Mount Aeneas reflected in Birch Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers hiked to Birch and In-Thlam-Keh Lakes in Jewel Basin on Saturday, October 25, 2014!

Some fun was had emptying a found can of bear spray that had no trigger safety, so the Rangers could pack it out safely! ("Hack, hack, which way is the wind blowing? You get the picture!)

Click here to learn why "Squaw" Lake was renamed "In-Thlam-Keh."

Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.


This article published on October 25, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Noisy and Wolf Creeks!

Noisy Creek on a Fall day! (Bob Muth photo)

Four Swan Rangers hiked in two groups up Noisy Creek and Wolf Creek on Saturday, October 18, 2014!

They missed connections in the parking lot, but all managed to take cameras and contribute photos for this report (thank you)!

The common denominators were beautiful streams and mushrooms!

This article published on October 18, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Peterson Creek Trail!

Thimbleberry turning green to yellow. (Keith Hammer photos)

Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail on a somewhat dark and overcast morning of Saturday, October 11, 2014!

It was a great opportunity for flash photography, however, and a tour of changing Fall colors!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.


This article published on October 11, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Jewel Basin Loop!

The always charming Alpine Trail #7 above Jewel Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)

Seven Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Jewel Basin on a gorgeous Indian Summer Saturday, October 4, 2014!

They hiked in via Twin Lakes, south along the historic Alpine Trail #7 above Jewel Lakes, then out via the notch above Picnic Lakes!

Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.


This article published on October 04, 2014 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Peters Ridge!

The Peters Ridge Trail traverses Brown's Bowl before topping the Swan Crest. (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail to top the Swan Crest on a blustery Saturday, September 27, 2014!

There was some colder air blowing in from the east up there!

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.

This article published on September 27, 2014 • [Permalink]

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