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 view from the overlook just below Crater Notch! (Pat Jaquith photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked in two groups to Crater Notch and Birch Lake on Saturday, August 20, 2016!
Crater Notch offers a nice, steep climb, while Birch Lake via Camp Misery offers a more mellow hike!
Click here for a map of the Crater Notch Trail.
Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area!
A view of Flathead Lake when exiting Jewel Basin! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Jewel Basin on Saturday, August 13, in through the big notch by Twin Lakes and back out via the little notch above Picnic Lakes!
Wildflowers are in full bloom along Alpine Trail #7, thanks to heavy snow drifts that delay summer up there!
Click here for a map of Jewel Basin Hiking Area.
Flathead Lake framed by the Swan Crest! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked Peters Ridge on Saturday, August 6, 2016!
Half of them turned right at Bee Notch for a change of views and lunch spot!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.
Ocean spray catching the first rays of morning sun! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the old Bear Creek Road on a sunny and warm Saturday, July 30, 2016!
Half continued on to Wolf Creek and half headed up the ridge toward Elk Springs!
A dragonfly with see-through camouflage wings! (Keith Hammer photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Echo - Broken Leg Trail and saw a variety of wildlife and wildflowers on Saturday, July 23, 2016!
They also saw lots and lots of bear poop and a bear for good measure!
Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.
A "wish we had some hot chocolate" sort of day! (Susan Brueggeman photo)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked to Hall Lake on a slightly drippy Saturday, July 16, 2016!
They didn't find any huckleberries at all, nor would they lie about such a thing!
Click here for a map of the Hall Lake Trail.
Krause Basin is home to big cedar and hemlock! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked a short loop in the eastern portion of Krause Basin on a "100% chance of rain" Saturday, July 9, 2016!
Some were still too dry for comfort, so headed off on another loop elsewhere!
Topping Tongue Mountain's ridge, with Great Northern and the Flathead Range in the distance! (Susan Brueggeman photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked to Clayton Lake on a wonderful Saturday, July 2, 2016!
There's still plenty of snow to be found in Jewel Basin Hiking Area!
Click here for a map of Jewel Basin.
Rangers pause at the overlook as 1.1" of rain burns off of Infinity Ridge! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Road on a still-drippy Saturday, June 25, 2016!
On July 1, the Forest Service will open the gate for the season and cars can continue on to the Peters Ridge trailhead.
Click here for a map.