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Jewel Basin Hiking Area
Spectacular hiking in the Flathead National Forest

The Jewel Basin Hiking Area is a unique 15,000 acre hiking area maintained exclusively for hiking and camping located in the Swan Range, with views looking into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This high mountain area is popular for backpacking, fishing and plant and wildlife viewing.

More About this Trail

Majority of hikes start at the Camp Misery trailhead east of Bigfork.

A popular route is the Mt. Aeneas Trail #717, which takes hikers past Picnic Lakes to the summit of Mt. Aeneas.

More details about Jewel Basin Hiking Area from the Flathead National Forest -http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/flathead/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=77671&actid=51

Trail Distance

Mt. Aeneas Trail: 4.3 Miles

Skill Level Required

Moderate fitness level


Dogs must be on a leash at all times

More Information
406 758 5204

From Whitefish, take Hwy 40 to Columbia Falls. 40 turns into Hwy 2. Turn Right on MT Hwy 206 South.
Turn left on Hwy 35 S. Turn Left (East) on Hwy 83 to the junction of the Echo Lake Road. Head north on Echo Lake Road about 3 miles to junction with the Jewel Basin Road (No. 5392). Follow this road approximately 7 miles to the trailhead. CAUTION: The last 5 miles are steep. Use headlights for safety. Caution advised for low clearance vehicles. Trailers not recommended.


650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901

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307 Spokane Ave., Whitefish, MT 59937

tel: 877-862-3548


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231 First St. Ste G, Whitefish, MT 59937

tel: 406-862-3390

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