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.
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.
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.
Valley fog and incoming wet weather! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the sweet spot between valley fog and a high-level weather disturbance, on a "boy it's windy up here" Saturday, November 12!
They broke into smaller groups intending to hike to the top of Mount Aeneas, but called it good and plenty windy on the ridge above Picnic Lakes!
Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.
A view of Flathead Lake with inverted weather over its southern half! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seventeen Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail on a sunny November 5, 2016, in anticipation of voting on November 8!
With 81 switchbacks, this allowed them to turn right 81 times and left 81 times, resulting in a perfectly balanced outing!
Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.
Fog lifting from Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Twelve Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail on a frosty, foggy then sunny Saturday, October 29, 2016!
It didn't rain, now that a record has been set for October rainfall!
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.
Cottonwoods along the Gallatin River have dropped most of their leaves. (Keith Hammer photo)
Five Swan Rangers hiked to their cars in a drenched parking lot on Saturday, October 22, while four others hiked to the Gallatin River under sunny skies!
My, what a difference a Continental Divide makes!
(Simensen/Gotschalk photo. All others by Keith Hammer)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Echo Creek headwaters in search of mushrooms on Saturday, October 15, 2016!
They weren't disappointed!
Snow on the Swan Crest, with Mt. Aeneas right of center. (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Foothills Ski Area trails as a warm-up to the ski season on a rainy Saturday, October 8, 2016!
With snow in the high country, it's not too early to visit North Shore Nordic for directions to and maps of the ski area!
Rain and Fall colors along the Swan River! (Susan Bruegeman photo)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Swan River Trail on a rainy Saturday, October 1, 2016!
The River Trail upstream from Bigfork is always a great 4-mile out and back option for getting wet from the top down instead of from the bottom up on a brushy trail!