Jewel Basin Trail No. 717

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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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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.

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3 days ago

Great hike. Great views. LOVED IT! Just know the above info is not correct. My guess is the 3.2 miles is one way. Forgot to charge my GPS or would have a number for you. The map above is not the loop the description talks about either. It shows the hike as basically an out and back trip (ignore the loop it shows). If I had studied the map at the trail head, I would have found 717 goes down the other side of the summit and swings back around to Picnic Lakes. From the lakes you can proceed back the the parking lot finishing your loop. So study the map (or get one to take), know that your hike is likely 6 to 7 miles long and the hike is more than just a gradual incline to the summit. Also, don't forget to enjoy every step. Without the loop (which I would have loved) it's still a fabulous hike!

4 days ago

Awesome views and a great trail to hike! Certainly one of the best trails I have ever hiked!

13 days ago

Amazing wildflowers! Shade and blue skies. Bring a map for peace of mind.

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14 days ago

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14 days ago

Visited from Canada. We hiked to Twin Lakes which was very beautiful. My friend jumped in which was glacier cold. Bring your bug spray!

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8 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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11 months ago

Didn't see any wildlife, but some great views on the way to Birch Lake.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Pretty area. Trail gets a bit narrow and overgrown at points. Good for wildlife and birdwatching.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Great hike. Spectacular views. We even saw a big white mountain goat walking along the trail.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gorgeous -

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

awesome views

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Monday, July 11, 2016