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Address: Helena, MT

A cross-country skiing trail.

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Spectacular views in all directions

Need to exit vehicle at top of pass and take photos. Be sure to read at the Summit the way it got its name.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Carolyn L
Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Need to exit vehicle at top of pass and take photos. Be sure to read at the Summit the way it got its name.

Thank Carolyn L
Billings, Montana
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258 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There are a couple of places to pull off the road when you drive over MacDonald Pass. It's worth taking a few minutes to do that and to see some of Montana's best views. Beautiful!!!

Thank MontanaSplash
Dade City, Florida
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

I have visited this pass in summer and winter. The roads are very accessible and the trails out of the parking areas are well marked. I love the view and the fresh air. Speaking of air, I have never visited the pass without experiencing strong winds so dress according. Even in the summer the air is cool.

Thank Shar0nstone
Helena, Montana
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

It's hard to beat this view without getting out of your car and hiking a bit. Worth getting off the interstate and taking the alternate route.

Thank PSV164
Butte, Montana
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We drove through MacDonald Pass in July. The roads are good and without construction. Winter can be rough because of snow, ice, and blowing snow. Just go prepared and have a great drive!

Thank Jan S
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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198 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

The pass is an interstate road that climbs over the Continental Divide. You climb for miles and when cresting the top you are afforded stunning views of the mountains and valley below. However, you are going too fast to pull over and admire the view, and there are no pull off points.

Thank Scorah
Florence, Montana
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131 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

If you're on the way to or from Helena, do yourself a favor and stop at MacDonald Pass for a few minutes. At the pass, drive south from Hwy 12 on the dirt road that takes you up to a parking lot. Views from here are great and you can hike a bit of the famous CD trail from here... More 

Thank MontanaMike65
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Wife and I left north side of Helena on Lincoln Rd., traveled west to Hwy 200 and followed it to Lincoln, MT where we had lunch and visited their flea market. Then continued east on 200 to Hwy 141 were we turned back south to Hwy 12 (at Avon) then north over MacDonald Pass to Helena. Great ride in a... More 

Thank Chuck B
The Netherlands
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78 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I took US 12 West from Helena and followed the sign which directed me to the MacDonald Pass Recreation Area. I got there via a dirt road. At the end of this road is a parking area, and that is it; if you do not count the wind. The purpose of this area is unclear. There is nothing which has... More 

Thank WStatesTraveler
marietta ga, United States
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The day we visited the pass it was raining, but we could still had a wonderful view of the pass. It makes a person awestruck to see such a site.

Thank SouthernLady37

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