6.7 miles
Distance
722 ft
Climb
-2,333 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This is one of our favorite routes in Helena and is featured in Freehub Magazine's Montana Photo Book: Issue 8.3. You can mix up any of the different trails to create a perfect route for your desired time frame.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Ridelogs
    81
More Stats for Freehub Magazine: MacDonald Pass mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,611 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,804 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,415 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,803 ft
  • Grade
    -4.6%
  • Grade max
    -67.7%
  • Grade min
    44.8%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,115 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Switchback Ridge Trail
Aug 21, 2021 @ 11:16am
Aug 21, 2021
Fast and tacky, but there are a half dozen down trees crossing the trail.
CDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
Aug 21, 2021 @ 11:15am
Aug 21, 2021
Great dirt, good traction. Half dozen or more downed trees crossing the trail.
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