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.
A frosty wet meadow and trees above Estes Lake. (Norma Linsky photos)
Six Swan Rangers hiked trails linking the Phillips Trail to Estes Lake on Crane Mountain on Saturday, November 28, 2015!
Though it was quite nippy out, the Rangers spent most of the day on the six-mile loop - a pace one Ranger said qualified them to "run Congress!"
Click here for a map of the Estes Lake Trail and its connector to the upper Phillips trailhead.
A view of the Swan Crest up Wolf Creek Canyon! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seventeen Swan Rangers hiked the Echo-Broken Leg Trail on a frosty Saturday, November 21, 2015!
This is a favorite trail in Spring or Fall, though absent the ticks in the Fall!
Click here for a map of the Echo-Broken Leg Trail.
A pine grosbeak watched the Rangers pass by! (Keith Hammer photos)
Sixteen Swan Rangers strolled a six-mile loop in Krause Basin on Saturday, November 14, 2015!
It was a balmy day for the middle of November!
A gorgeous view of Flathead Lake! (Roger Benson photo)
Seventeen Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail in a bit of snow on Saturday, November 7, 2015!
There was a bit of snow on the ground to help the yellow larch trees stand out!
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.
Swan River with the Swan Range somehwere in the background! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers strolled the Swan River Nature Trail on a rainy Saturday, October 31, 2015!
The weather forecast of 100% chance of rain was 100% accurate!
Larch are turning on hillsides and valley floor! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail on a frosty but beautiful Saturday, October 24, 2015!
Fall colors include "hunter orange" now that big game hunting season has started and will run through November 29!
Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.
Click here for access to FREE USGS quad maps!
Another gorgeous Fall hillside! (Fawn Simensen photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers spread out into smaller groups and hiked a loop in Jewel Basin on Saturday, October 17, 2015!
They hiked in past Twin Lakes, down to Blackfoot Lake, then back up past the Jewel Lakes and Black Lake!
Click here for a map of Jewel Basin Hiking Area.
A view of Flathead Lake from the Crater Notch Trail! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Crater Notch Trail on a sunny Saturday, October 10, with half going all the way!
It was windy and cool at the Notch, but downright warm at lower elevations!
The Rangers on an old logging road on "The Knob!" (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked a variety of short loops on "The Knob" in Krause Basin on Saturday, October 3, 2015!
They took advantage of forecast high winds to stay in the low country and inspect unauthorized trail clearing discovered earlier this summer, even though the Forest Service's 1988 Noisy Face Recreation Plan clearly limits the trail system in this key habitat for elk, grizzly bear and other wildlife.