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hiking
2 months ago

Amazing fall hike!

this trail is too populated.

walking
2 months 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.

Fantastic! Well worth the energy. Views are unbelievable.

This hike is absolutely breath taking. From the very beginning all the way to the summit. At the top you get to marvel at the 360 degree views including multiple lakes. You can continue over the summit to a trail that leads to the picnic lakes, but it looked too intense and narrow for this time around.

I’m a beginner hiker so the incline was intense. Parts of this trail are just rock and another challenge are the switchbacks. But the summit was completely worth it. We took many breaks and kept on trekking. Next time I’d be more prepared with extra water, hiking boots and trekking poles.

The road up to the Camp Misery trail head is no joke. Super narrow in some parts, long, super bumpy and parts where it’s your rig and a pretty intense drop to the left. There isn’t much parking up top of you choose to go up on a busy day.

Beautiful views.

Great hike! I was surprised to see the level of difficulty listed as “hard”. We went to the top without taking a break. Beautiful views. The summit was quite windy and cold; I wished I had brought another sweatshirt and a beanie!

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

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.

Beautiful hike. It gets a bit windy toward the top but not too bad. Worth the hike.

Started on the trail around 10:30 and it was much colder than expected.
Beautiful views all the way up. Once we reached the top where there is a lookout/microwave tower we thought we were done.
Not so, you can continue on the “dangerous looking” ridge line. This is what takes you to the ultimate peak of Mt Aeneas. Fabulous 360• views. Our 10 year old had no problem on the ridge line trail. It looks scary, but once you get on the trail you can see it’s not that bad. Totally worth the extra time and energy!

hiking
3 months ago

Really beautiful trail, but never made it down to the lake due to losing the trail. We have since figured out our mistake and will probably go back next summer! Saw mountain goats and bear scat, but made lots and lots of noise to scare away any unwanted bear encounters.

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.

This is my favorite hike in the valley, aside from some hikes in Glacier. Mount Aeneas is BEAUTIFUL. You can see the entirety of Flathead Lake, I’ve seen mountain goats every time I’ve been up there, and it’s not an overly difficult hike. Bring bear spray and a camera!

I have always hiked it as an out-and-back hike, but if you do the loop you just continue down to picnic lakes and the trail takes you back to the camp misery parking lot (a different spot than where you started, but not far away at all).

My daughter and I hiked to the summit on August 21 as we were visiting from upstate NY. A great hike on a trail that gradually elevated. My daughter had no problem with this trail but I found myself breathing heavily and stopping every now and then, which was ok with me. The narrow upper portion of the trail appeared scary at first but I took my time and actually scampered across it on the return. We did not do the loop and returned the way we came. Views were a little smoky from all of the fire activity in the area and wind change but it was still really beautiful. I highly recommend you checking it out if you are in the area. People on the trail were very friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

The summit of Mt. Aeneas is just one of many, many beautiful destinations available from the Jewel Basin Trailhead, which is called Camp Misery. There are lots of other entries under various names for this and other hikes at Jewel Basin, but there are also lots of trails not included. You can do all kinds of loops including various lakes and high points. I did the middle portion of this hike as a loop. The final stretch to the summit of Mt. Aeneas looks daunting, but it is really not that hard and absolutely worth it. The trail is safer than it looks.

Getting up to Jewel Basin was the most difficult part of the day. It's a 30 minute drive on a super dusty, kind of steep, narrow and busy dirt road. On an August Sunday afternoon it was like a Walmart parking lot at Camp Misery, with cars parked all the way down the road. Not surprising considering the beauty of the area. It's not a big deal if you are patient and considerate. There are so many trails available from the trailhead that once you get out on to the trails there are no crowds. I will definitely try to come back here sometime.

hiking
3 months 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.

This was a great six mile out-and-back hike with just about as much elevation change as you’d want over three miles. It made the way up challenging but the way down easier on the knees. The last .5 miles along the ridge is spectacular and should not be skipped! And, the summit, if you walk just a bit further affords beautiful views of several other lakes. Also, we forgot our bear spray but weren’t too worried given how many other people we saw heading up and down the trail. No goats though today. :(

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.

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 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.

hiking
4 months 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!

Cool and easy trail

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
4 months 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’.

Did Mt. Aneus last week. Beautiful hike. Great climb to Mt peak. Had family of Mt goats in snow on descent to Picnic lakes. Did 1/2 mile on snow. Some over 3’ thick in late July. Wonderful day in Jewel Basin. Bring plenty of water though. Sun can be tough.

nice to get out of the glacier crowds and see great views. kinda steep but enjoyed it . saw a few goats

This was a great hike and the summit is well worth the trip. The bugs were bad, especially when you were in the trees. Use spray and reapply often.
The mountain goats were beautiful. They want no part of you but they're seemingly very acclimated to people. Just give them the time they deserve and they will get out of the way.
As always...going down is worse than going up!

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.

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