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MacDonald Pass

Address: Helena, MT
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Ranked #11 of 20 Attractions in Helena
Type: Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Skiing, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A cross-country skiing trail.
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Type: Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Skiing, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A cross-country skiing trail.
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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243 reviews 243 reviews
94 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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