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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 Find Water and ‘Shrooms!

Smokey view of Flathead Lake from Elk Springs by Keith Hammer.

Swan Rangers found water and mushrooms amid signs of continuing drought during their outings in the week ending Saturday, September 18, 2021!

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Between occasional rain showers, wildfire smoke continued to dampen distant views, as shown in our lead photo by Keith Hammer.

 



This article published on September 18, 2021 • [Permalink]


Blow-down Trees Removed from Switchback Trail

Three Swan Rangers in Service used chainsaws and muscle to remove blow-down trees from the Switchback Trail and make repairs to the trail tread!


This article published on September 13, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers in Time Warp!

Autumn hillside by Debra Schweitzer

Swan Rangers contemplated time and other oddities during their outings in the week ending Saturday, September 11, 2021!

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It seemed like just the onset of autumn as Debra Schweitzer hiked to Iceberg Lake (see lead photo)  . . .

 



This article published on September 11, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers See Wildlife After Wild Weather!

Rain storm crossing the Flathead Valley by Pat Jaquith.

Swan Rangers saw lots of wildlife during their outings in the week ending Saturday, September 4, 2021!

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Pat Jaquith captured the wild weather of late last week in our lead photo  . . .



This article published on September 04, 2021 • [Permalink]


More Peters Ridge Trail Maintenance!

Swan Rangers in Service this year again removed the tall grass from the Peters Ridge Trailhead and re-dug the trail's water bars. Then they cut back brush from the trail all along the south slope of Peters Ridge.


This article published on August 30, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Enjoy Oreo Weather!

Mud, Echo and Flathead Lakes as rain clouds lift. (Keith Hammer photo)

Swan Rangers enjoyed rain on both ends of the week ending Saturday, August 28, with sun and vistas in between!

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Keith Hammer captured the lifting of rain clouds in our lead photo, yet  . . .



This article published on August 28, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers on Birds, Bees and Furry Critters!

European woolcarder bee by Skip Via.

Swan Rangers focused mostly on the small stuff during the week ending Saturday, August 21, though wetter weather is now helping clear the heat and smoke from the air!

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Ranger photos captured everything from bees, as in Skip Via's lead photo, to . . .



This article published on August 21, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers to Hail and Back!

Smokey view of Flathead Lake from Peters Ridge by Keith Hammer.

Swan Rangers encountered heat, hail and smoke during their outings in the week ending August 14, 2021!

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While smokey skies obscure mountain top views, as shown in Keith Hammer's lead photo . . .

 



This article published on August 14, 2021 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Go Buggy with Smoke!

Smokey Swan Sunrise by Keith Hammer!

Swan Rangers were driven to take photos of bugs, bees and flowers as wildfire smoke continued to obscure the landscape in the week ending Saturday, August 7, 2021!

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While smokey skies make for red sunrises, as shown in Keith Hammer's lead photo . . .

 



This article published on August 07, 2021 • [Permalink]


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