Hike to Summit of Mount Aeneas

6 miles 1700 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Katch Silva

Distance: 6 miles round trip. Elevation gain: About 1,700ft. A hidden gem of the Jewel Basin. Amazing views of Glacier National Park, The Bob Marshal Wilderness and The Flathead Valley.

This hike can easily be overlooked since it is in such a geographically rich area, with Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness so close, but it is absolutely a hidden gem that doesn't get enough attention. Mount Aeneas sits at just over 7,500 feet and from the summit it gives amazing 360 degree views of Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead Valley, and Hungry Horse Reservoir.

It is classified as a strenuous hike, but the hardest part is about a mile of steep switchbacks, and it's totally worth the workout for the incredible views. Be sure to check the current status of the trail online, because after particularly harsh winters it tends to open pretty late in the season.

The trail starts at Camp Misery in the Jewel Basin behind the closed gate. This is an old service road that goes up for about 1 miles and narrows into trail #717. This part of the trail offers great views of Lodgepole Pine forests with Flathead Valley down below.

After about another half mile, you will reach a junction with three routes. Take the trail that continues on #717, it begins to climb immediately. Soon, the switchbacks begin which you'll follow up towards the ridge-line. You will come to Microwave Tower, a small relay station. You are almost guaranteed to run into mountain goats up here. It's a good spot for a water or snack break.

On this upper ridge-line and beyond is the most scenic part of the hike. Be very careful, especially if the snow is still melting (as was the case when I hiked it), since the ridge-line drops off drastically on one side. There are other ways to come back down, including a loop that takes you on the other side of the summit, along the nearby lakes, but I just did the shorter hike back along the same trail.

Read More

Tags

Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

One of the best hikes Iā€™ve ever been on!šŸ˜€

I went with a couple friends and it was awesome! Make sure to bring lots of water because there are a lot of tiring parts. I would also recommend to go with a friend because I did see some bear droppings. There were plenty of huckleberries and we ended up picking quite a bit. It does get fairly cold and windy up on the summit so make sure to bring a windbreaker jacket. The picnic lakes at the bottom were crystal clear and beautiful! I hope you enjoy the adventure as well!

Remarkable Hike

The day could not have been betterā€¦ Blue sky, warm temperatures and a breeze. Although quite a few hiking parties were on the trail, we never felt crowded. Toward the summit, we ran into several mountain goatsā€¦ The view from the top is breathtaking. 3 miles up, 3 miles down. Just to be clear.

Explorer

šŸ„‡Top Contributor

about 4 years ago

Easy Hike that Anyone Can Do

This hike is super easy for anyone who is wanting a taste of a true Montana summit. The summit affords spectacular views with the high possibility of seeing some mountain goats along the way. The beauty of this hike is also that it does not take a whole day to complete, it is possible to go after work or after a day on the lake.

Beautiful and easy summit

Love this hike! Not too difficult with gorgeous views of the Jewel Basin at the summit. (This is a dog friendly trail also, which is a bonus for the adventure pups out there.) Most people hike back down the trail they came up but I prefer taking the loop back to Camp Misery. The initial descent down is a little steep, but you descend quickly into a gorgeous, peaceful hike past wildflower growth and serene ponds. Enjoy!

Beautiful

I hiked this last summer and it was by far one of my favorites. The views are breathtaking!

Stay Nearby

Bigfork, Montana

Anna Creek Cabin

Overview Anna Creek Cabin is located 30 miles south of the town of Hungry Horse, perched above Hungry Horse Reservoir with sweeping views of the reservoir and the Great Bear Wilderness. The cabin p...

Hungry Horse, Montana

Riverside Campground (Mt)

Overview Riverside Campground is located high in the Rocky Mountains, less than 30 miles from the Continental Divide, surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Visitors can expect a variety of recrea...

Kalispell, Montana

Lid Creek Campground

Overview Lid Creek Campground lies in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, west of the Continental Divide and just south of the Canadian border. Spectacular views and ample opportunities for recreatio...

Kalispell, Montana

Doris Creek Campground

Overview Doris Creek Campground is located high in the Rocky Mountains, west of the Continental Divide and just south of the Canadian border. Spectacular views and ample opportunities for recreati...

Nearby Adventures

  • Backpack to Black Lake

    Begin at Camp Misery (elev. 5,717 ft). This is a total misname by the way! It should be titled Camp On The Way To Awesomeness! Anyway, head .6 miles on Trail 8 to the intersection of trail. From here turn right on Trail 68 and hike .7 miles until ...

    7 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Backpack to Clayton Lake

    From the Camp Misery Trailhead (elev. 5,717 ft) take the left Trail 8 for .6 miles. At the junction continue left for a 1.3 mile gently ascent into Jewel Basin. Nearing Twin Lakes continue left on Trail 7 for .6 miles until you reach Trail 55. Con...

    9 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Swim in Graves Bay Swimming Hole

    To get to this swimming hole you drive south from Hungry Horse on the West Side Road (Forest Road 895) 33.6 miles to the Graves Creek Campground. Park in the small parking lot with the bear box and outhouse, opposite the campground closer to the l...

  • Explore Graves Creek Falls

    Graves Creek Falls are a series of pleasant waterfalls viewable without much effort. To get hereĀ From Hungry Horse drive south on the West Side Road (Forest Road 895) 33.6 miles to the Graves Creek Campground. From here turn right into the campgro...