Jewel Basin via Switchback Trail 725

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Jewel Basin via Switchback Trail 725 is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kalispell, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,713 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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12 days ago

We were so excited for this hike, but unfortunately there were down trees on each switchback. We made it a little more than half way and decided to turn back because we were 50 or so switchbacks up and continued to have to crawl through it all. Hopefully it’s cleared soon! Just wanted to leave the review to give everyone a heads up that are planning to attempt it!

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bugs
2 months ago

Great views for little effort. We ran into 4 mountain goats that sauntered along the trail. The parking lot gets full, we started at 7 am and when we returned at 10:30 it was packed.

4 months ago

beautiful!

7 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking!!!

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9 months ago

Hiked September 2017. Loved this hike- great views, pretty lakes at the end and the trail all to ourselves.

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11 months ago

2.5 rating. Sad for us, it snowed yesterday and was incredibly foggy. We could only see feet in front of us the whole time. Saw deer and goat tracks in the snow. We hiked for over 2 hrs and still didn’t get to the part where the switchbacks stop. There are 93 switchbacks. They are steep and the path gets very narrow and rocky at some points. Because of the snow and cold temps the trail was slick and we slipped a fair bit. I am sure that this trail is stunning on a clear spring or summer day, but it was quite near torture. We hiked Scenic Point trail (rated strenuous) just a couple of days ago in glacier national park and it was not as difficult even with the high winds we experienced up near the top of scenic Point. This should at least be rated hard.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Absolutely stunning area. There are plenty of different trails that can be hiked. No overnight permits required, but make sure you have bear spray. We hiked down to Black Lake and camped out near the lake. The wildflowers were beautiful and the trails are very well maintained and my 4 month old puppy enjoyed the entire hike with us. Highly recommend and we will be returning!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Great area with plenty of wildlife, great scenery and a magnificent sub alpine environment. The only problem is that the well maintained trails are poorly (if at all) marked. It is a popular area with multiple routes. If you go, and you should, find a good topo map and don't rely on the forest service for mapping or signage.

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