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Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop

Flathead lake + Mission Range, Montana

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Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop

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  • The views get really good after less than a mile of hiking uphill.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • The trail starts as a pleasant walk in the forest.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • Reaching the ridge of Aeneas is a great reward.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • View of the Picnic Lakes in Jewel Basin.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • You are likely to encounter mountain goats.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • Huckleberries grow all around the trail in late summer and fall.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • Climbing the ridgeline to the summit.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • The Picnic Lakes in Jewel Basin below Mount Aeneas.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • You can see the peaks of Glacier National Park in the distance.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • Moving across the ridge is the most rugged section of trail.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • Goat encounters along the trail.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • Almost at the top.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • Birch Lake below the summit.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • The Picnic Lakes are a beautiful spot to take a rest.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • The trail takes a short climb up from the Picnic Lakes before going back down to the trailhead.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • The goats don't seem to mind the presence of people, but use caution.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • The return trip has plenty of great views as well.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • The trail's lower elevations pass through dense forest.- Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
  • - Mount Aeneas + Jewel Basin Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Wildlife. Various mileage options.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Flathead lake + Mission Range, MT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,750.00 ft (533.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,800.00 ft (1,767.84 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Mount Aeneas, at 7,528 feet, is the highest peak in Flathead National Forest. Although these mountains are less impressive than those of nearby Glacier National Park, the range offers lots of great opportunities away from crowds in the park. One of the best destinations is Mount Aeneas and Jewel Basin. Hiking to the summit of  Mount Aeneas and down to the lakes of the basin can be done in a moderately strenuous, incredibly scenic loop from Camp Misery Trailhead near Bigfork.

The trail begins as a closed gravel road that soon links with Trail 717. This reaches a junction with three other trails, where you continue on Trail 717. The path climbs to the top of the ridge for fantastic 360-degree view over Flathead Lake, Jewel Basin and the peaks of Glacier National Park in the distance. For a less-strenous version of this hike, you can backtrack to the car from here, but the views only get better by continuing to the summit. Along this exposed ridge, you are likely to see mountain goats that make their home up here.

The summit marks another good turnaround point, to make a round trip of about 6 miles, but you can continue into Jewel Basin to extend the adventure. Descend the eastern flank of the mountain and follow the trail as it curves north, where secluded alpine lakes and mossy groves await in the shadow of the mountain. Link with Trail 392 to pass between the Picnic Lakes and make a short climb back up and over the ridge to complete the loop. You can also combine with other trails in the area to explore a longer day hike or overnight trek.

Note: Black bears and grizzlies do inhabit the area, so practice proper bear safety and carry bear spray. All dogs should be kept on a leash.

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