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 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]

Swan Rangers Cure Cabin Fever up Wolf Creek!

Wintertime Wolf Creek! (Keith Hammer photos)

Six Swan Rangers defied sub-zero forecasts and skied up Wolf Creek on a balmy Saturday, December 17, 2016!

With Winter Solstice next week, "balmy" means anything above zero degrees Fahrenheit!


This article published on December 17, 2016 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Ski/Waterski Krause Basin!

Rangers with Strawberry Mountain in the background! (Keith Hammer photos)

Thirteen Swan Rangers skied Krause Basin on an above-zero Saturday, December 10, 2016!

And one Ranger tried a little waterskiing in Krause Creek!


This article published on December 10, 2016 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Explore New Foothills Ski Trails!

The sun trying to emerge from the Swan Valley! (Keith Hammer photos)

Thirteen Swan Rangers explored the new Foothills ski trails being cleared by North Shore Nordic on a pleasant Saturday, December 3, 2016!

The new trails will add a whole new dimension to the Bigfork Community Nordic Center: UP!

This article published on December 03, 2016 • [Permalink]

Swan Rangers Hike Broken Leg Trail!

The view up Wolf Creek Canyon! (Norma Linsky photos)

Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Broken Leg Trail on an unexpected sunny and warm Saturday, November 26, 2016!

They went as far as Lunch Rock, where the trail crosses Wolf Creek, and called it good!

Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.


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

Swan Rangers Hike Peterson Creek Trail!

A view of Ferndale and Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)

Fifteen Swan Rangers hiked up into the snow on the Peterson Creek Trail on Saturday, November 19, 2016!

The trail tread is mostly bare almost to the junction with the Sidehill Trail, but snow is starting to stick on the vegetation!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.

This article published on November 19, 2016 • [Permalink]

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