Big Hawk Lakes

Bigfork, Montana 59911

Big Hawk Lakes

Big Hawk Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Big Hawk Lakes Reviews

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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:

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,430 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best July through September
5,850 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,560 feet
Top Elevation
Flathead National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Jewel Basin, Crater Lake, Big Hawk Mountain
Local Maps

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Jul 2018