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
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
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  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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
  • 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
      Map defaulted to winter mode.
      Mac Pass offers reliable snow cover and challenging terrain. The majority of the trails are groomed for skate and classic, although there are a few loops that are classic-only. The trails are maintained by Last Chance Nordic Ski Club volunteers. Dogs and fatbikes are not allowed on these trails - the Cromwell Dixon campground and Stemple Pass are ungroomed alternatives.

      Trail Etiquette:
      Please keep dogs off the groomed tracks (see Dogs section below).
      Snowshoers and hikers, please stay off the groomed ski tracks. Boots and snowshoes chew up the groomed tracks.
      Don’t walk or skate ski across a groomed classic ski track.
      If the trails are groomed but still soft, please postpone your outing until the tracks firm-up.
      Skiers pulling pulks or sleds should use the skate lane and not degrade the classic track.
      While skiing the Mac Pass trails, please pee in the toilet or well away from the trail.
      Pack out litter.

      The Club grooms frequently. Dogs churn up the smooth surface and the crisp tracks our groomers have worked hard to create. Our groomers typically work within the constraints of a thin snowpack. Thin snowpacks can be delicate, and difficult to repair. More to the point, chewed-up groomed tracks make skiing more difficult, less safe, and less enjoyable. The MacDonald Pass Cross Country Ski Trails are groomed for cross country skiers, and they are harmed by mans’-best-friends’ paw prints on the groomed trails. We ask that you please help by keeping dogs off the trails.

      At the summit of MacDonald Pass, on the south side of the highway, there is a large parking area and great spot for wintertime outings with dogs or on snowshoes. Stemple Pass is another fun place to enjoy a day in the snow with your dog.
      No snowshoes, dogs, or fatbikes, please.
      Region Details
      14 nordic ski trails

      Region Status
      Open as of Nov 24, 2019

      Nordic Ski Stats

      Trails (view details)
      Trails Nordic Ski
      Total Distance
      22 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent
      1,916 ft
      Total Vertical
      833 ft
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