Big Hawk Lakes

Bigfork, Montana

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This Jewel Basin Trail offers the only long route for backpackers who are trying to get away from the crowds that throng the shorter trails. It passes Birch, Squaw, and Crater lakes on its way to the Big Hawk Lakes, offering a number of possibilities for an overnight stay. The trail is always in good condition and is closed to horse and mountain bike traffic. From the Noisy Creek trailhead, there are two possible routes. The fastest way is to follow the closed dirt road on the south side of the parking lot. This road works its way around to the west, crossing over the far side of a nameless ridge before turning south and west to reach a high saddle.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This Jewel Basin Trail offers the only long route for backpackers who are trying to get away from the crowds that throng the shorter trails. It passes Birch, Squaw, and Crater lakes on its way to the Big Hawk Lakes, offering a number of possibilities for an overnight stay. The trail is always in good condition and is closed to horse and mountain bike traffic.

From the Noisy Creek trailhead, there are two possible routes. The fastest way is to follow the closed dirt road on the south side of the parking lot. This road works its way around to the west, crossing over the far side of a nameless ridge before turning south and west to reach a high saddle.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bigfork
Distance: 15.6
Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,850 feet
Top Elevation: 6,560 feet
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Jewel Basin, Crater Lake, Big Hawk Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Hawk Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2010
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When we went on the trail, there was quite a bit of snow to go through. And the trails were very confusing. The map we had was not accurate, which didn't help things. The lower big hawk lake itself is fairly scenic, and the fishing was good. You can read my complete review of this area, and part of the main jewel basin loop here: http://chrisroane.blogspot.com/2010/07/jewel-basin.html



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