Jewel Basin

Bigfork, Montana 59911

Jewel Basin

Jewel Basin Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Jewel Basin Reviews

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7/23/2009
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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Trail Information

Bigfork
Nearby City
8.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
5,780 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,700 feet
Top Elevation
Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Jewel Basin, Big Hawk Mountain, Crater Lake
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Jul 2018