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.
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.
Steam rises from the Swan River! (Keith Hammer photos)
Though the temperature nudged a bit above zero, the slight breeze kept the wind chill in the negative!
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!
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!
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!
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!
The sun trying to emerge from the Swan Valley! (Keith Hammer photos)
The new trails will add a whole new dimension to the Bigfork Community Nordic Center: UP!
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.