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walking
1 day ago

We stumbled on this trail while visiting Bigfork for the day. This was an easy trail with breathtaking views. There are multiple small trails off the main path that will lead you to boulders that overlook the river. We completed this in about 1.5 hours with multiple stops.

Edge of the ‘Rice ridge fire’ looks different than a few years ago.

Excellent hike that’s fairly easy.. you hike through burned out sections of forest due to the Rice Ridge Fire last year. It is definitely a glimpse of nature’s life cycles. The payoff at the end is a stunning waterfall! Great day hike!

Beautiful views.

Easy hike. Moderately used. We only tracked 5.8 miles. The waterfall was beautiful

Beautiful trail...amazing wildflowers and some amazing views.

hiking
18 days ago

I drove up to trail head past the resevoir. Started to hike but realized I didn’t have bear spray so turned around. Has anyone run into wildlife? Also is it 3.6 miles round trip or one way. One guy said it was 7 miles round trip. Thanks
The creek was gorgeous.

Super simple hike, usually quite busy. as in you'll see at least a dozen people on the weekend or more.

I highly recommend you stay the night or a few nights at least make it to Birch or some other lakes.
If you're really gutsy, hit Big Hawk Lake.

Crater Lake is a good lake as well. Very beautiful.

3 MILES AND 1200 FEET IS OLY HALF THE TRAIL. You have to start at the Camp Misery trailhead and then hike in about 1.5 miles to the start of trail 717. The total hike gains about 1800 feet and is out and back, making it a little over 6 miles total.

It’s my favorite hike in the valley. I always see mountain goats and you can see glacier and the entirety of Flathead Lake from the top! Definitely must do. It can be busy but it’s great especially if you’re looking to get away from glacier sized crowds.

If you search for the Mount Aeneas Summit trail here on AllTrails, you’ll find the full trail map and reviews for this hike.

hiking
30 days ago

The road up to the parking lot has a lot of washboard areas which made the drive less enjoyable, even in a 4WD truck. Parking was adequate.

The hike was very enjoyable. Lots of variety including lakes, rocks, streams and alpine meadows. We didn’t run into any bears but we had bear spray just in case.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail! First 2/3rds of the way the trail winds itself slowly up through the woods, then it gets very steep and we had to scramble over rocks in places. Not a trail to do when it rains, would be very slippery and treacherous. Had to dodge a big wasp nest hanging low on a limb over the trail we had seen it in time but my husband still got stung 3xtimes.
The waterfall is beautiful!

Great trail! Did the 717 to the peak and back down the other side to make the loop by picnic lakes. As others mentioned, the map here and the trail data are wrong. More like 1900’ of elevation and the loop was closer to 7 miles. Make sure to take pic of trail map at trailhead.

Also, do not be afraid of the road going up. Not sure why people mentioned it being difficult. It’s just a basic gravel road, some washboard, and it has a couple of narrow spots, but nothing bad. Small cars can make it fine.
Look for goats !

Loved this hike, beautiful wild flowers. Hike to twin lakes was beautiful as well.

Hiked this trail in late spring. the falls were raging. very pretty and my dog loved the lake.

nice easy walk along the river! about 2/3 of the way down the trail there is a smaller trail that takes you to the river where there are big beautiful boulders you can stand on with a fantastic view.

Beautiful hike, pretty easy. My old St. Bernard handled it well with nice lakes to stop at for him to cool off. A lot of char from fires last year but still super pretty. Falls are worth every step.

Beautiful well trodden path. Totally flat, and a nice walk into town along the river. I would not call this a hike but it’s a beautiful walk along the rushing river.

Make sure to get a permit first, as mentioned by other posters. Think it’s a little longer than indicated, GPS on both me and my hiking partner measured about a 7 mile round trip. As others have said, last bit is very steep and narrow in some parts. Road leading to trail head was very rough, lots of pot holes. Oh, and did encounter a wasp nest over the trail at one point.

Great hike! Mostly flat trail with a lake along the way and a pretty waterfall at the end. Low traffic and we got the waterfall area to ourselves.

hiking
1 month ago

Great chill hike/run if you're looking for Swan River vistas. Put it on auto pilot and enjoy the views. Very easy walk for all types. Coming back!

This was a great flat hike, there was some elevation as you approach the waterfall but easy for little kids to hike. The scenery to the waterfall was not so pretty due to the forest fire from 2017 but the end of the trail was well worth the hike. I found some mushrooms and new growth along the way

Cool and easy trail

Has a haunting beauty due to the fire that ravaged it last year. Still absolutely worth doing!! The water fall is a real treat.

Amazing trails 717 and 8. Both breadth-taking experiences!! Had the best time taking 8 to Twin Lakes where i has lake to myself to camp and and was entertained all night by a momma goat and her baby. It was the best experience I had in Jewel Basin.

NOTE: be aware that road leading to Camp Misery TH is a significant challenge if you’re easily unnerved by very narrow, switch-back, dirt roads with much washboard effect and some drop-offs as you climb/descend. Narrow means 2-car width in some places but many others only 1.5 to 1 car width.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful if you can find your way down to it! Desperately wanted to spend the night. Was at the top looking down on Crater Lake but trail was hard to follow. It appears to lead you through a Bush-whacking stretch but if you find yourself doing that then you missed the narrow little, hard-left turn that seemingly only takes you to an overlook. As I was later told, you need to follow over (along the top of that rock) and trail continues on other side. It is thick bear country — evidence in my pic of large scat at ‘end of trail’.

Awesome view at the falls. Definitely worth the hike! But from experience I would keep you dog on a leash the entire time while at the falls. My dog decided to go into the pools above the falls and as I was trying to save her I went off the falls myself falling 60ft down on 7/20/18. Be careful on the slippery rocks and algae. But a wondering hike that I would recommend to anyone.

Great hike with nice waterfall view at the end.

This hike is one of our favorites. Lots of wildflowers in the first couple miles, followed by wonderful views of the Swan Mtns and across Flathead Valley, with the last leg looking into Jewel Basin with the peaks of Glacier NP in the distance as we summit Mount Aeneas with 360 degree views.

All Trails data needs updating as the trailhead is further down the road, there are missing trails in the area, plus at least one trail shown is permanently closed. The total distance is well over 6 miles, not 3.1 miles.

A beautiful trail well worth the effort. The first portion of the trail isn’t bad with gradual switchbacks. Once you reach the end of the switchbacks, it is an easy flat hike overlooking Bigfork and Flathead Lake with an informative wayside about white barks and fire. After the flat section, you come to a crossroads. There are 8 different trails (including the one you just hiked on) that all come together. There were only a couple of signs that told you which trail was which. Luckily, we hiked on a Saturday so there were plenty of people to ask which trail led to Mt. Aeneas. It’s the one trail that goes straight up! This is the strenuous part of the trail that had 3 trees down across it. 1 that you have to climb under and 2 to climb over. Once you reach the Microwave Tower you’re almost there! Continuing to Mt. Aeneas is well worth it. We saw about 15 mountain goats at the top. Beautiful views. We will be back to continue on down to the Picnic Lakes from Mt. Aeneas once some more snow melts.

we ran this trail. there's a few steeper hills and had to watch where you landed. it was a beautiful run even with the char from the fire. loved the falls it was a great halfway break.

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