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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Crossroads of the Continental Divide Trail and Highway 12 with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 337 and Switchback Ridge Trail being the the two standout Mountain Bike rides.
      Macdonald Pass overlook parking google parking directions
      Region Details
      • 5
      • 3
      • 1

      Region Status
      Caution as of Jan 27, 2020
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #2,330
      State Ranking
      #20
      Trails (view details)
      9
      Trails Mountain Bike
      9
      Trails Hike
      8
      Trails Trail Running
      9
      Trails Horse
      8
      Trails Dirtbike
      1
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      8
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      3
      Trails Nordic Ski
      8
      Total Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      4,586 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,100 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,853 ft
      Reports
      74
      Photos
      39
      Ridden Counter
      57

      MacDonald Pass Mountain Bike Routes

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      MacDonald Pass
      7 miles

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance

      Photos of MacDonald Pass Mountain Bike

      trail: Chessman Road
      16 |
      Aug 25, 2019 @ 6:19pm
      Aug 25, 2019
      16 |
      Aug 24, 2019 @ 7:08pm
      Aug 24, 2019
      9 |
      Aug 6, 2019 @ 6:57am
      Aug 6, 2019
      7 |
      Aug 6, 2019 @ 6:56am
      Aug 6, 2019

      Videos of MacDonald Pass Mountain Bike

      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 23 | Oct 1, 2018
      CDT Centennials
      7:20 | 37 | Oct 1, 2018
      youtuber It's hella fast in Helena | Mountain Biking...
      11:29 | 261 | Aug 17, 2018 , Helena

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1220253wyomontupdatetrailCDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Mar 8, 2020 @ 7:25am
      Mar 8, 2020
      user #1220253wyomontupdatetrailCDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Jan 10, 2020 @ 3:23pm
      Jan 10, 2020
      user #1821606CodyBechdolriddentrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 6:58pm
      Sep 22, 2019
      user #1382369ApeabodyvotetrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 7:26am
      Sep 15, 2019
      user #1415189gludeachrisriddentrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge) and 1 more
      Sep 12, 2019 @ 11:23am
      Sep 12, 2019

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #603372evasivereportSwitchback Ridge TrailPoop. It was WINDY on Saturday.
      Jul 15, 2019 @ 6:38am
      Jul 15, 2019
      user #1825393BalsamwjreportCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)We hiked down switchback and there were two...
      Jul 4, 2019 @ 3:43pm
      Jul 4, 2019
      user #1658543Lowtech19trailSwitchback Ridge TrailThis trail needs to be cleared of down trees.
      Nov 3, 2018 @ 12:35pm
      Nov 3, 2018
      user #1014246Sledge072trailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)July 14, 2018: Trail is all clear, thank you....
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 1:35pm
      Jul 15, 2018
      user #1014246Sledge072trailSwitchback Ridge TrailJune 15, 2018: Trail is all clear (thank you!)...
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 1:32pm
      Jul 15, 2018

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Priest Area 8 94.9 km
      Tenmile Creek Park11.1 km
      South Hills 42 82 18 411.4 km
      Scratchgravel Hills 29 11 312.3 km
      Little Blackfoot 1 7 112.6 km
      • By wyomont & contributors
      • Admins: MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
      • #25364 - 499 views
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