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      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.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Shuttleable: YES
      Parking google parking directions
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
      • 4
      • 2
      • 1

      Region Status
      Caution as of Jul 25, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      7
      Trails Mountain Bike
      7
      Trails Horse
      7
      Trails Hike
      7
      Trails Trail Running
      7
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      1
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      6
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      2
      Trails Nordic Ski
      6
      Total Distance
      13 miles
      Total Descent
      1,064 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,100 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,853 ft
      Reports
      81
      Photos
      58
      Ridden Counter
      264

      Photos of MacDonald Pass Mountain Bike

      25 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:28am
      Aug 3, 2021
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      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:28am
      Aug 3, 2021
      50 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      47 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      48 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      46 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      64 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:25am
      Aug 3, 2021
      36 |
      Sep 19, 2020 @ 5:13pm
      Sep 19, 2020

      Videos of MacDonald Pass Mountain Bike

      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 63 | Oct 1, 2018
      CDT Centennials
      7:20 | 66 | Oct 1, 2018
      Helena, MT Trail Mix | MacDonald Pass + ...

      3:41 | 288 | Jul 26, 2020
      youtuber It's hella fast in Helena | Mountain Biking...
      11:29 | 626 | Aug 17, 2018 , Helena

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      CDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Nov 17, 2023 @ 9:46pm
      Nov 17, 2023
      Drybstory54Many trees down on the North half of the...

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      CDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Jun 29, 2023 @ 11:07am
      Jun 29, 2023
      Ideal Trail closed Summer 2023, possibly 2024...Jradley MBG
      CDNST MacDonald Pass
      May 6, 2022 @ 7:48am
      May 6, 2022
      Snow Covered lolab
      Switchback Ridge Access
      Aug 25, 2019 @ 6:45am
      Aug 25, 2019
      Dry Fanderson MTBM

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      bstory54addreportactivity #46405249
      Nov 17, 2023 @ 9:46pm
      Nov 17, 2023
      ceorangerwishlistregionactivity #45127267
      Oct 11, 2023 @ 7:19pm
      Oct 11, 2023
      MTdadwishlistregionactivity #43707194
      Sep 3, 2023 @ 5:33pm
      Sep 3, 2023
      wyomontupdatetrailactivity #42116725
      Jul 23, 2023 @ 6:39pm
      Jul 23, 2023
      Jradleyaddreportactivity #41357698 and 1 more
      Jun 29, 2023 @ 11:08am
      Jun 29, 2023

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      rth009trailCDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)Huge trees down about 1/4 mile from the...
      Sep 13, 2021 @ 5:21pm
      Sep 13, 2021
      BalsamwjreportCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)We hiked down switchback and there were two...
      Jul 4, 2019 @ 3:43pm
      Jul 4, 2019
      Sledge072trailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)July 14, 2018: Trail is all clear, thank you....
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 1:35pm
      Jul 15, 2018
      danstone12trailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)This is unrideable due to hundreds of downed...
      Jun 1, 2018 @ 7:47am
      Jun 1, 2018

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Priest Area 8 104.9 km
      Tenmile Creek Park11.1 km
      South Hills 58 80 20 411.4 km
      Scratchgravel Hills 30 12 5 112.3 km
      Little Blackfoot 1 8 112.6 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike713 miles1,063 ft4 miles2,100 ft
      #5,384#2,37758811129
      Horse713 miles1,063 ft4 miles2,100 ft
      #322#24077
      Hike713 miles1,063 ft4 miles2,100 ft
      #4,508#2,21681117
      Trail Running713 miles1,063 ft4 miles2,100 ft
      #4,525#2,2228111
      Dirtbike/Moto16 miles82 ft4,905 ft318 ft
      #46140
      ATV/ORV/OHV16 miles82 ft4,905 ft318 ft
      #26240
      Snowshoe67 miles984 ft3 miles2,100 ft
      #260#157371
      Backcountry Ski23 miles436 ft1 mile1,952 ft
      #31#18281
      Nordic Ski67 miles984 ft3 miles2,100 ft
      #140#953711
      • By wyomont & contributors
      • Admins: MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, wyomont, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
      • #25364 - 2,064 views

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