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This is really more of a hiking area than a hike. As it is designated strictly hiking, you don’t have to contend with horse pies and ATV’s. There are over 35 miles of trail here with over 25 mountain lakes along them. The trails, usually clear by July, are accessible from the Hungry Horse Reservoir or from Jewel Basin Road near Bigfork. The main parking area can be reached by turning on Echo Lake Road off MT Hwy 83 and then onto Jewel Basin Road No. 5392. The road goes for approximately seven roller coaster miles. There is usually snow in the parking lot until mid-June. There is a ranger station here with information on the various hiking opportunities. Abundant high altitude wildflowers and wildlife are the norm here.

Reprinted from The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia


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