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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
      Macdonald Pass overlook parking google parking directions
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
      • 6
      • 3
      • 1

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

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      10
      Trails Mountain Bike
      10
      Trails Hike
      9
      Trails Trail Running
      10
      Trails Horse
      9
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      2
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      2
      Trails Snowshoe
      8
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      3
      Trails Nordic Ski
      8
      Total Distance
      23 miles
      Total Descent
      4,376 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,100 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,853 ft
      Reports
      124
      Photos
      76
      Ridden Counter
      219

      Photos of MacDonald Pass Mountain Bike

      12 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:28am
      Aug 3, 2021
      10 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:28am
      Aug 3, 2021
      28 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      30 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      28 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      28 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:26am
      Aug 3, 2021
      44 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:25am
      Aug 3, 2021
      31 |
      Sep 19, 2020 @ 5:15pm
      Sep 19, 2020

      Videos of MacDonald Pass Mountain Bike

      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 60 | Oct 1, 2018
      CDT Centennials
      7:20 | 62 | Oct 1, 2018
      Helena, MT Trail Mix | MacDonald Pass + ...

      3:41 | 191 | Jul 26, 2020
      youtuber It's hella fast in Helena | Mountain Biking...
      11:29 | 553 | Aug 17, 2018 , Helena

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Switchback Ridge Trail
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 3:48pm
      Jul 25, 2022
      IdealTwo trees down that would be easy with...hlynn
      CDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 3:45pm
      Jul 25, 2022
      Dry20 trees down but still pretty fun.hlynn
      CDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Jun 4, 2022 @ 2:23pm
      Jun 4, 2022
      WetHike Two passable snow drifts. All trees...konafranksongoy MBG
      CDNST MacDonald Pass
      May 6, 2022 @ 7:48am
      May 6, 2022
      Snow Covered lolab
      Chessman Road
      May 28, 2020 @ 8:21am
      May 28, 2020
      Drymicahvitoff
      Switchback Ridge Access
      Aug 25, 2019 @ 6:45am
      Aug 25, 2019
      Dry Fanderson MTBM

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1813931tremadsenriddentrailCDNST MacDonald Pass
      Aug 4, 2022 @ 6:11am
      Aug 4, 2022
      user #1613542hlynnaddreportCDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.) and 1 more
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 3:47pm
      Jul 25, 2022
      user #1920015CapArwishlisttrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Jul 7, 2022 @ 6:24pm
      Jul 7, 2022
      user #2259877john311tranwishlisttrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 1:23pm
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #820897konafranksongoyaddreportCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Jun 5, 2022 @ 10:53am
      Jun 5, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1085917rth009trailCDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)Huge trees down about 1/4 mile from the...
      Sep 13, 2021 @ 5:21pm
      Sep 13, 2021
      user #1503830EricJBelltrailSwitchback Ridge TrailAbout 90 trees down on the trail. Rideable but...
      Jun 16, 2020 @ 4:16pm
      Jun 16, 2020
      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

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Priest Area 8 104.9 km
      Tenmile Creek Park11.1 km
      South Hills 49 84 18 411.4 km
      Scratchgravel Hills 30 12 5 112.3 km
      Little Blackfoot 1 7 112.6 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1023 miles4,377 ft12 miles2,100 ft
      #3,747#1,715761241110
      Hike922 miles4,377 ft12 miles2,100 ft
      #3,035#1,567124114
      Trail Running1023 miles4,377 ft12 miles2,100 ft
      #3,042#1,5671241
      Horse922 miles4,377 ft12 miles2,100 ft
      #181#131117
      Dirtbike/Moto27 miles82 ft4,905 ft1,450 ft
      #42760
      ATV/ORV/OHV27 miles82 ft4,905 ft1,450 ft
      #14360
      Snowshoe816 miles4,295 ft11 miles2,100 ft
      #152#95571
      Backcountry Ski37 miles2,375 ft5 miles1,988 ft
      #22#13462
      Nordic Ski816 miles4,295 ft11 miles2,100 ft
      #83#615712
      • By wyomont & contributors
      • Admins: MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, wyomont, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
      • #25364 - 1,440 views
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