Flathead Lake on a calm day! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail up Crane Mountain on a warm, sunny Saturday, May 11, 2019!
They started from Highway 35, saw wildflowers galore, and found the trail snow-free all the way to the top at Crane Mountain Road!
Don't miss next Saturday's outing, which will be the Rangers' 700th outing and likely celebrated with something bubbly at Lunch Rock on the Echo - Broken Leg Trail!
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.
Meadow Rue. (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked from Bear Creek to Patterson Creek on a sunny Saturday, May 4, 2019!
There are many green things sprouting from the forest floor - oh, and ticks!
Click here for a map of the Bear Creek Road and Peterson Creek Trail.
Calm and quiet Estes Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)
Six Swan Rangers hiked from Woods Bay to Estes Lake on a changing-weather Saturday, April 27, 2019!
It's that time of year to enjoy emerging wildflowers!
Swan Range and Swan River in shades of gray! (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked the Bigfork Nature Trail on a rainy Saturday, April 20, 2019!
The Trail runs two miles upstream from Bigfork along the Swan River.
Flathead Lake (Keith Hammer photos except one)
Six Swan Rangers snowshoed to Elk Springs on Saturday, April 13, though five did it vicariously while hiking the Peters Ridge Road!
They enjoyed Elk Springs via a text message and photo sent by the lone Ranger that did snowshoe there!
Looking down the power line corridor toward Flathead Lake and the Swan Range! (Norma Linsky photos)
Six Swan Rangers again skied the Blacktail X-country ski trails on a threatening-sky Saturday, April 6, 2019!
They skied the "power line" route in what may be their last ski of the season, but didn't get rained on!
Click here for more info about North Shore Nordic's Blacktail Ski Trails.
The Swan Crest seen across Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers skied groomed x-country trails on Blacktail Mountain on a sunny Saturday, March 30, 2019!
Snow at lower elevations is getting punky and scarce!
Click here for more information on North Shore Nordic's Blacktail Ski Trails!
View of a still-frozen Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers skied a rutted Peters Ridge Road on a sunny Saturday, March 23, 2019!
Pickups have rutted up the first 1.7 miles to the fork in the road, but the right-hand fork was then smooth sailing!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road.
Looking up the Swan River from the Porcupine bridge! (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers skied the Porcupine Road on a sunny, crunchy in the morning Saturday, March 16, 2019!
With the spur road to Mission Lookout tore up by snow machines, they kept to the Porupine Road for four miles before turning around for a softer-snow yet pretty quick downhill return!
Sunshine and dizzy coyote tracks! (Keith Hammer photos except one)
All but the main river was well frozen with no open leads to negotiate.