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
1259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

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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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We hiked this trail right after it snowed. Beautiful scenery and a challenging climb. The view from Mt Aeneas was gorgeous. We took a different trail down.

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3 months 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!

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

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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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11 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.