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Address: Helena, MT
Activities: Skiing, Viewing wildlife
Description: A cross-country skiing trail.

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Really beautiful

Sort of unavoidable if you're heading to Missoula - but it is a really beautiful drive with a very nice overlook. Saw a car overheating on the way up (it was August), but you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
Rebecca S
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Sort of unavoidable if you're heading to Missoula - but it is a really beautiful drive with a very nice overlook. Saw a car overheating on the way up (it was August), but you should probably not take a car that tends to overheat up and down mountain passes as a general rule.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I like to travel over MacDonald Pass when I can. It allows for a view high up above other places around the pass. One time when I went to the observation place up on top, I could hear the eagles calling below where I was as they were soaring through the air. It is a good place to take a... More 

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Helena, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Just 14 miles west of Helena, MacDonald Pass provides an ascent to the top of the Continental Divide and on to the Pacific Ocean (if you go far enough. - Too bad Lewis & Clark didn't know that! On the return trip, though, heading into Helena from the west, as you pass over the Divide and into the valley, the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The view driving over this pass was spectacular. Thankfully this was October and there was no snow. At 6400 feet it could be daunting in winter conditions.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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248 reviews 248 reviews
94 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Th elevation of the pass is 6325 feet and be careful as I missed the turn to the parking area for the pass. You do get a great view and can see for long distances. The road to the summit is very rough. IT would be easier with a four wheel drive unless the state fixes the driveway soon.

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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I did not have time to hike the trails, but I drove over the pass and back to Helena. The view from the MacDonald Vista point was awesome. If you have an hour for the drive, it's worth it. I'll go back up when I can do some of the hiking. One warning, if you make the drive all the... More 

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Helena, Montana
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great place for cross country skiers of all abilities. The local club grooms the trails and they are well marked

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Norwalk, Iowa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Macdonald Pass is just plain beautiful. I have been there in the spring and summer and loved it each time. Make sure you bring your camera as the shots are awesome from the top of the pass. There is a small path that you can take for a hike that is good for those of us who typically do not... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous drive and we played in some snow! We stopped at the natural spring fountain and had a drink-how refreshing!

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Helena, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you drive this pass when the snow flies, be very cautious. Roads are rarely cleared and ice builds up quickly. During summer months, it is kind of a beautiful drive. Lots of steep cliffs and general forest views, but nothing breathtaking.

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