Jewel Basin Hiking Area

Flathead National Forest’s Jewel Basin is a unique 15,000 acre hiking area maintained exclusively for hiking and camping. High Mountain Lake fishing is synonymous with the Jewel Basin Hiking Area. Over 20 lakes provide fishing opportunities to satisfy any type of angler or backpacker. Try “bushwhacking” into some of the more remote lakes or simply take a leisurely hike to Birch Lake. Of course, with every jewel comes the risk of loving it to death.

The Jewel Basin receives heavy use due to its close proximity to Kalispell and the valley. The Camp Misery parking lot can be very crowded on blue bird days. So be warned, solitude may be hard to find and expect to share the trail with other users. We encourage you to practice “leave No Trace” principals and be courteous to other Forest users and the resource.

Treat this beautiful area special, like wilderness, as it as such.

Enjoy an excerpt from the Jewel Basin section of the Flathead Lake Vacation Guide.

Alpine Big Hawk Trail #722

The Alpine Big Hawk trail is 1.6 miles long. It begins at Jct. Alpine Trail. #7 and ends at Big Hawk Lakes. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking

Directions: From Bigfork, take Hwy 35 north to Hwy 83.  Head east on Hwy 83 to the junction of the Echo Lake Road.  Head north on Echo Lake Road about 3 miles to junction with the Jewel Basin Road (No. 5392).  Follow this road approximately 7 miles to the trailhead.  CAUTION:  The last 5 miles are steep.  Use headlights for safety.  Caution advised for low clearance vehicles.  Trailers not recommended.

 

Birch Lake Trail #724

The Birch Lake trail is 0.8 miles long. It begins at Jct. Alpine Trail. #7 In Sec. 32 and ends at Jct. Alpine Trail. #7 In Sec. 5. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking

Closest Towns: Bigfork, Montana

Directions: From Bigfork, take Hwy 35 north to Hwy 83.  Head east on Hwy 83 to the junction of the Echo Lake Road.  Head north on Echo Lake Road about 3 miles to junction with the Jewel Basin Road (No. 5392).  Follow this road approximately 7 miles to the trailhead.  CAUTION:  The last 5 miles are steep.  Use headlights for safety.  Caution advised for low clearance vehicles.  Trailers not recommended.

 

Blackfoot Lake Trail #719

The Blackfoot Lake trail is 3.3 miles long. It begins at Jct. Tongue Mtn. Trail. #55 and ends at Jct. Graves Creek Trail. #1. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking

Closest Towns: Bigfork, Montana

Directions: From Bigfork, take Hwy 35 north to Hwy 83.  Head east on Hwy 83 to the junction of the Echo Lake Road.  Head north on Echo Lake Road about 3 miles to junction with the Jewel Basin Road (No. 5392).  Follow this road approximately 7 miles to the trailhead.  CAUTION:  The last 5 miles are steep.  Use headlights for safety.  Caution advised for low clearance vehicles.  Trailers not recommended.