7 miles
Distance
893 ft
Climb
-2,536 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Four miles of the Continental Divide Trail lead to a locals' favorite downhill on the Switchback Ridge Trail. The CDT portion doesn't climb very much, but it is strewn with very challenging rock gardens. The downhill is relatively buff until the last few hundred yards.

Exit Highway 12 at the Cromwell-Dixon Campground, and drive up the hill to the Continental Divide overlook. The trail starts at the stairs. There is a gate shortly after entering the forest; be sure to close it behind you. As the CDT rises into an open meadow, stay left towards the trees to start the downhill.

During the summer months, the Bike Helena Trail Rider runs shuttles from the City of Helena's Tenmile Water Treatment Plant up to the CDT overlook. This is a great way to do this ride, as at the end you only need to roll back down Rimini Road to your vehicle. The schedule is available at the Bike Helena website: http://www.bikehelena.com/index.php/trail-rider/

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    31
More Stats for MacDonald Pass mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,643 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,793 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,436 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,793 ft
  • Grade
    -4.664%
  • Grade max
    -43.01%
  • Grade min
    27.737%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,141 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Switchback Ridge Trail
      Oct 14, 2018 @ 6:19pm
      Oct 14, 2018
      Multiple trees down, knee deep snow in parks... you'll be pushing downhill.
      Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 337
      Oct 14, 2018 @ 6:18pm
      Oct 14, 2018
      Multiple trees down, 4-12 inches unconsolidated snow down.
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