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Swan Rangers Hiking Club | Montana

Action Opportunity, Organization
Taking a break at Crater Lake in Jewel Basin Hiking Area. – Swan View Coalition

Organization Focus

The Swan Rangers are an informal hiking group that meets every Saturday morning at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast, followed by a partial-day outing of hiking, cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing in the nearby Swan Range, depending on the season.

The day's destination is decided over breakfast so it suits the abilities of the folks going out that day. The group is as all-inclusive as possible and is NOT a gung-ho, leave the less-fit and less-skilled behind group!

This is a year-round group very rarely deterred by bad weather. Meeting times vary with available daylight:

May 1 - October 31: 7:30 AM Breakfast and 8:30 AM Departure

November 1 - April 30: 8:30 AM Breakfast and 9:30 AM Departure

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Even if you don't make it to a Swan Ranger outing, you can follow their exploits and see wonderful weekly photos of the Swan Range by subscribing to the Swan Ranger email list!

Host or Sponsoring Group for Experience

While the group is self-perpetuating, the local nonprofit Swan View Coalition hosts a Swan Ranger email list that reports on each week's outing and issues affecting non-motorized recreation in the Swan Range.

Activity Level to be Expected


Appropriate Ages for Experience

The Swan Ranger outings are suitable for folks of all ages, provided the very young have an adult companion..

Special Skills that May be Required

Summer hiking requires no special skills and winter outings require only basic abilities to snowshoe or cross-country ski, and their respective equipment. Winter outings do not include steep telemark skiing.

Costs to Participate

There are no costs to participate, other than the cost of breakfast at the Cafe if one choses to eat.