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.
Swan Rangers in the Wildland-Urban Interface. (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the area between Jewel Basin Road and Mud Lake on a gray Saturday, December 9, 2017!
They then took a quick stroll around the Foothills Ski Area, dreaming of snow and cursing weather inversions!
Flathead Lake and Woods Bay. (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked to Estes Lake from Woods Bay on Saturday, December 2, 2017!
It's a serene little place for being so close to the bustling communities of Woods Bay and Ferndale!
A glimpse of Swan Lake from the Johnson Cr. Road (Pat Jaquith photo)
Six Swan Rangers hiked the Johnson Creek Road on a sunny blue Saturday, November 25, 2017!
With leaves mostly off the fall foliage, it's a great time to observe bird nests hidden in the limbs!
Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail on a breezy Saturday, November 18, 2017!
It was downright chilly at the overlook, where the Rangers turned around after a very short snack break!
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.
Cottonwood Bottom. (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers slogged through a sloppy, slushy, snowy Krause Basin on a sensational Saturday, November 11, 2017!
They were reminded how much fun tracking of wildlife is during winter!
Wolf Creek pulling on a winter cloak! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers hiked into Wolf Creek on a wintery Saturday, November 4, 2017!
They hiked in several inches snow via the old Bear Creek Road.
Southerly view from Peters Ridge! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail on a sunny Saturday, October 28, 2017!
They turned around in various stages as the trail got icier, snowier, then deeper!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.
A colorful Noisy Creek! (Susan Foster photos unless otherwise noted)
Four Swan Rangers hiked the Foothills Ski Area on a damp Saturday, October 21, 2017!
They wore hunter orange or other bright colors and stayed well below the fresh snow line!
A sunny Swan River and Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Echo-Broken Leg Trail on a snow-fallen Saturday, October 14, 2017!
They thought the trail would remain below snow-line, but they were wrong!
Click here for a map of the Echo-Broken Leg Trail.