Squalls and wind on Flathead Lake! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail on a somewhat squally Saturday, April 15, 2017!
There was surprisingly little snow - as in none as far as the Flathead Lake overlook!
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail on Crane Mountain.
The morning was sunny and warm! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked State Forest land between Mud Lake and Jewel Basin Road during the sunny part of Saturday, April 8, 2017!
DNRC's old logging units are thawing off sooner than the surrounding forests and offering signs of early green-up.
Nearing the top of the Alpine Loop! (Norma Linsky photo)
Five Swan Rangers took another "last ski" on the Blacktail ski trails on Saturday, April 1, 2017!
No fooling: North Shore Nordic decided to groom one more weekend so the Rangers followed suit!
The Swan Range seen from Blacktail Mountain! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers skied the Blacktail Mountain Nordic Trails on a mostly sunny Saturday, March 25, 2017!
It was a search for skiable snow - with the backcountry turning to mush, the Foothills/Bigfork Ski Area no longer skiable, and this perhaps the last weekend for Blacktail grooming as well!
Remember, North Shore Nordic grooms both ski trail systems and relies on your donations!
Swan River and Swan Range above the dam. (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers hiked the Swan River Nature Trail near Bigfork on a rainy Saturday, March 18, 2017!
The Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork has proposed to expand the trail system on PacifiCorp lands on both sides of the river in this area!
Bog Road is a great place to view the Swan Range on a sunny day! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Thirteen Swan Rangers skied Bog Road in the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge on a warm and sunny Saturday, March 11, 2017!
They saw tracks of weasel, otter, coyote and more - and celebrated Spring Equinox ten days early on the first big "thaw day" of 2017!
Click here for info on the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge.
A snow squall moves in from the Flathead Valley! (Keith Hammer photo)
Twelve Swan Rangers broke into two groups on a somewhat squally, somewhat sunny Saturday, March 4, 2017!
Half skied into Browns Gulch via the left fork of the Peters Ridge Road (#5385) and half snowshoed in Krause Basin!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Road.
Under a spreading hemlock tree a noisy creek does run! (Keith Hammer photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers skied the nicely groomed Bigfork Community Nordic Center on an otherwise boilerplate Saturday, February 25, 2017!
They managed to lose track of one another before leaving the parking lot, but didn't get lost on the well mapped trail system!
Looking south up the Swan River from Porcupine Bridge! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers skied the Porcupine Road south of Swan Lake on an overcast Saturday, February 18, 2017!
The snow was a bit cruchy in the morning but softened as the day warmed up a bit!
Trail breakers reach South Krause Creek among the mightly hemlocks! (Keith Hammer photo)
Fourteen Swan Rangers split into two groups, with half snowshoeing in Krause Basin and half skiing the Foothills Ski Area, on a partly sunny Saturday, February 11, 2017!
Snowshoes were the choice for breaking open ski trails long-buried by recent snow storms ending in a rain-freeze crust, with the "grooming" crew getting as far as "the north fork/south fork junction!"
Whether recreating in the lower portion of Krause Basin or on the Bigfork Community Nordic Center, you'll need to buy a 2017 DNRC State Lands Recreation Use Permit ($5-10) March 1 at a MDFWP office or participating sporting goods store.