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Address: Helena, MT
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A cross-country skiing trail.

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McDonald Pass Route to Fun...

Its a low continental divide pass, but it's everything around it. At the top is NFS Cromwell Dixon campground very nice... On the west at the bottom is a great local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Kavoom
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Topeka
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Topeka
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Its a low continental divide pass, but it's everything around it. At the top is NFS Cromwell Dixon campground very nice... On the west at the bottom is a great local restaurant/bar (Lawdogs) in Elliston. Ask about Bigfoot/burgers are big and great. We like to hit it after cold day of cross country skiing. Heading west, this is the shortcut... More 

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Norris, Tennessee
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

When we went across the sun was shining and the views were beautiful. The winds and wind gusts were very high too. When we came back across it was night and raining, as we got higher it turned to snow and was laying. The winds were very strong and gusty, blowing form all different directions which made it very exciting... More 

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Thank Duane W
Washington
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

WOW!! The views go on forever and makes you realize just how small you are in the world. Around every corner it seems to get better and better.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

MacDonald Pass is a relatively low-wattage pass over the foothills of the Rockies, just a few miles west of Helena. One climbs, and then one descends. While there are no spectacular views, the sight of the valley to the east, especially as the sun sets behind you, is worth taking in. And knowing that one is astride the Continental Divide... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

If you visit Helena it is on Hwy 12 about 15 min west. Stunning view from about 6500 ft. The entire drive to Missoula is interesting including Gold creek where sure enough a Gold Mine was for sale when I passed through. Lots of public fishing spots and places to stop along the way and wonderful mountains. Also a Ghost... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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Thank Rebecca S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 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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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 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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