Jewel Basin Trail No. 717 is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bigfork, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Jewel Basin Complex is a point-to-point located near Kalispell, Montana including 27 lakes and 35 miles of trails; good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July (expect some snow still) until October (rain and snow later in the month). The trail starts at the Jewel Basin Hiking area parking lot, Camp Misery Trail Head. The trail climbs the highest point in the Jewel Basin Area, Mt Aeneas 7528ft, and ends at the Picnic Lakes.
Great place to start hiking, watch your trail markers, several trails cross over and run along side. Great views of the Lake and South Kalispell. Late spring has been the best time for me.
Didn't see any wildlife, but some great views on the way to Birch Lake.
Pretty area. Trail gets a bit narrow and overgrown at points. Good for wildlife and birdwatching.
Great hike. Spectacular views. We even saw a big white mountain goat walking along the trail.
The scenery on this trail is spectacular and is achievable for even novice hikers. The trails are well marked and facilities at the trailhead are well maintained. Be sure to bring plenty of water and don't forget your bear spray.
Only able to do 4 mile hike today, due to time constraints. However, the views are spectatular and the trails are well maintained. I plan to return with more time, and a better map!
Very beautiful hike with multiple views. Would love to do this again. We took the trail to the top of Mt. Aeneas which is in my opinion is better than taking the road.
Took the trail up to Mt. Aenneas and then wrapped back around through the Picnic lakes to the trail head. You can find more details and photos on hikingforliving dot com. Beautiful views at the top! 7 miles or so total.
Did the hike to Birch Lake today. Temps in lower 70's! Problem was smoke from Canadian fires stopped our views of the Flathead Valley. Still some spots of snow. Great hike of approx 6.5 miles.
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