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

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Beautiful view near Continental Divide

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 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
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 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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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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8 attraction reviews
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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 attraction reviews
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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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 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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57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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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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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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