Jewel Basin Trail No. 717 is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bigfork, MT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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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.
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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Started by hiking from Camp Misery up to the Summit of Mount Aeneas. The views the whole way up and on the top were amazing and some of the best I've seen on any hike. Due to fires the sky was a bit hazy but we could still see the flathead valley and the flathead lake as well as all the surrounding mountains. The first part of the hike is moderate, not too bad. Once you start getting to the summit and once on the summit the hiking gets more intense. Go slow and bring water. However, our guest was able to do it with a fake hip and sandals on. Be careful! Going down is rocky and steep. The lakes are so beautiful and the views are so worth it. This is one of my favorite hikes. I highly recommend it. Bring a jacket because even in the summertime it can get cold by the lakes. Picnic lake is a great place for a picnic :).
Jewel basin is a well groomed trail system with a number of lakes and overlooks. Trail 717 is simply a connection to a large trail system. The Jewel basin trail system has hikes ranging from 1-10 miles approximately. If you have not visited this trail system I would suggest it, and bring a fishing rod because the fishing is good in many of the lakes, namely Wildcat lake and Strawberry lake.
Completed the first 3 miles to the peak of Mount Aeneas starting at the Camp Misery Trailhead about 4:30AM to be able to see the sunrise over the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The hike took just under three hour as the horizon was beginning to light up. The trail is moderate the first 1.5 miles and becomes demanding on the climb to the peak. We did have to fight with some mountain goats for the top of the mountain