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MacDonald Pass

Helena, MT
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Ranked #18 of 19 attractions in Helena
Type: Trails
Activities: Skiing, Viewing wildlife
Description: A cross-country skiing trail.
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Norwalk, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

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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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Drop your fears on the low ground. Take in all the high lights and the sights to behold, and definitely do not forget your camera. Even on cloudy or snowy days, this drive will get you out of your vehicle with a "Kodak moment" around each bend. Drive safely.

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Greenville, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Another beautiful ride in the Montana mountains. Be sure to stop at the pull 0ff for a breathtaking view of the city of Helena.

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Helena, Montana
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182 reviews 182 reviews
69 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

December through February, the Last Chance Nordic Ski Club grooms cross country ski trails at the site of the old Frontier Town just east of the pass itself. It's a nice variety of easy and intermediate trails, never crowded. Some nice downhill runs, etc. Although technically free, the club always appreciates a donation (donation box at the trailhead) to help... More

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Calgary, Canada
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102 reviews 102 reviews
53 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

If your going through in the Summer time or dry time your going to be in heaven. If you try to make it through on a very rainy day or winter day your going to find some problems with visibility and serious winds.

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Arlington, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

As a first timer to the State, why not visit everything you can?

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Helena, Montana, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

This pass is on the continental divide to the west of Helena. Views of the surrounding ranges can be seen from a park.

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montana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
45 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

As you drive there are historical markers en route. Worth getting out to read. There is one area where you can even see wagon wheel ruts petrified into the earth! Along this route watch for the water spout on the south bound lane where you can fill up a bottle of fresh mountain water that runs there. Get off on... More

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