Jewel Basin

Bigfork, Montana

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Jewel Basin is a 15,000-acre hiking area north of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. No motor vehicles are allowed in Jewel Basin, although snowmobilers utilize the access road and nearby snowmobile trails. Within Jewel Basin are some 35 miles of marked hiking and skiing trails plus the 3- to 6-mile ski-in; however, most climb into the area to telemark, snowboard, or alpine tour. Because the terrain is mountainous, climbing skins and edged skis are necessary. You should also come equipped with avalanche gear, including transceivers, probe poles, and shovels, and be thoroughly familiar with the principles and techniques of avalanche safety. Winter camping is popular in Jewel Basin. Permits are not required; however, campfires are banned from four lakeside camp-grounds. Dogs are allowed here but must be leashed at all times. Surface quality: Backcountry.
Winter Trails: Montana

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Winter Trails: Montana

by Jean Arthur (The Globe Pequot Press)

Jewel Basin is a 15,000-acre hiking area north of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. No motor vehicles are allowed in Jewel Basin, although snowmobilers utilize the access road and nearby snowmobile trails. Within Jewel Basin are some 35 miles of marked hiking and skiing trails plus the 3- to 6-mile ski-in; however, most climb into the area to telemark, snowboard, or alpine tour. Because the terrain is mountainous, climbing skins and edged skis are necessary.

You should also come equipped with avalanche gear, including transceivers, probe poles, and shovels, and be thoroughly familiar with the principles and techniques of avalanche safety. Winter camping is popular in Jewel Basin. Permits are not required; however, campfires are banned from four lakeside camp-grounds. Dogs are allowed here but must be leashed at all times. Surface quality: Backcountry.

©  Jean Arthur/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Bigfork
Distance: 40
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day use or camping
Trailhead Elevation: 3,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,530 feet
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Local Contacts: US Forest Service, Avalanche info, (406)-257-8402
Driving Directions: Directions to Jewel Basin

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