Jewel Basin

Bigfork, Montana 59911

Jewel Basin

Jewel Basin Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day use or camping
3,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,530 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
US Forest Service, Avalanche info, (406)-257-8402
Local Contacts