3 miles
Distance
847 ft
Climb
-557 ft
Descent
01:01:11
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Continental Divide National Scenic 337 Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Helena
    Helena, Montana
  • AKA
    Mac Pass
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June-October
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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. Several of them provide very difficult climbs. Get ready to session them, or to carry your bike. The rocks are the trail's defining feature, and Helenans love testing themselves on them.

Access Info

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, the Switchback Ridge Trail is to the left towards the trees. This provides the downhill connection to Tenmile Creek and Rimini Road.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 337 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    290 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,210 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,726 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,436 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,726 ft
  • Grade
    1.703%
  • Grade max
    -26.444%
  • Grade min
    30.946%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,311 ft
  • Avg time
    01:01:11
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:22
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Status:
on Oct 14, 2018
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to continental-divide-national-scenic-trail-337 trailhead (46.557070, -112.306940)
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Continental... Trail Reports

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Oct 14, 2018 @ 6:18pm
Oct 14, 2018
Multiple trees down, 4-12 inches unconsolidated snow down.
Aug 5, 2018 @ 8:25am
Aug 5, 2018
reporter
Jul 6, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Jul 6, 2018
reporter Still clear of trees as of Friday 6/6. A few wet patches on the latter half of the climb to the meadow.
Jun 23, 2018 @ 1:47pm
Jun 23, 2018
Trees have been cleared
Jun 1, 2018 @ 9:25am
Jun 1, 2018
Down trees......lots and lots of down trees!
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Trail Events

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag HubCoffee (Jun 1, 2018 at 7:47)
 This is unrideable due to hundreds of downed trees as of 6/1/18. Great if you like carrying your bike and climbing over trees though!
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  • + 0
flag Sledge072 (Jul 15, 2018 at 13:35)
 July 14, 2018: Trail is all clear, thank you. Some nasty Hog Weed at upper section to watch out for.
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