Jewel Basin

Bigfork, Montana

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An easy trip into a popular hiking and fishing area in the Swan range in the northwestern corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Jewel Basin is ideal for an easy base camp, so the itinerary is simple. The only decisions are where to set up the base camp, how long to stay, and which day hikes to take from your base camp. Jewel Basin isn’t a designated Wilderness, but the Forest Service manages it like one — no logging, motor vehicles, or development. Because of the easy access from the Flathead Valley, this area can get crowded, but mainly on weekends. If you hike here during the week, the human population won’t seem too large.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

An easy trip into a popular hiking and fishing area in the Swan range in the northwestern corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Jewel Basin is ideal for an easy base camp, so the itinerary is simple. The only decisions are where to set up the base camp, how long to stay, and which day hikes to take from your base camp. Jewel Basin isn’t a designated Wilderness, but the Forest Service manages it like one — no logging, motor vehicles, or development. Because of the easy access from the Flathead Valley, this area can get crowded, but mainly on weekends. If you hike here during the week, the human population won’t seem too large.

©  Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bigfork
Distance: 8.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Trailhead Elevation: 5,780 feet
Top Elevation: 6,700 feet
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Jewel Basin, Big Hawk Mountain, Crater Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Jewel Basin

Recent Trail Reviews

7/23/2009
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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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