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MacDonald Pass

Helena, MT
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Ranked #12 of 20 Attractions in Helena
Type: Trails
Activities: Skiing, Viewing wildlife
Description: A cross-country skiing trail.
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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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232 reviews 232 reviews
93 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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198 reviews 198 reviews
75 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 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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