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MacDonald Pass to Priest Pass Via Continental Divide Trail

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Helena National Forest

MacDonald Pass to Priest Pass Via Continental Divide Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Helena, Montana that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.8 mi Elevation gain 2,572 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Forest

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Blowdown

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Reviews (13)
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Recordings (11)
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Brad Wiles
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Hiking

The route shown in my recording is the actual route using the continental divide trail between McDonald pass and Priest pass. The trail is visible throughout but a little overgrown in some places. Also there is some down trees across the trail but nothing that cannot be walked around or stepped over. Overall it is a nice hike and a challenge based on the length and elevation gain.

Kiara Timpano
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Beautiful views. Only snag was that where the map said the trailhead would be, we didn’t really find anything close to resembling a trail. Ended up being more of a meander through the timber.

Ginny Winters
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Hiking

Beautiful trail today. Got a late start and was getting hot, so only did 9.3. Wildflowers still in full bloom. No sign of wildlife until the meadow at the top where there was couple day-old elk droppings. Gorgeous views.

Tim Weidlich
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Hiking

I hiked this trail, the deadfall has been cleared and the wild-flowers are out, especially at the start of the trail (by the bridge over the wetlands) and in the high mountain meadows. I saw raspberries growing and huckleberries ripening about 1/2 mile into the hike. Take bear spray, I ran into some scat about 3.9 miles in on the mountain meadow.

Don Uhrig
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Hiking
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I'm going to hit this trail again, the day I did it, there was so much deadfall it was a challenge. That's just an observation. Trees fall. It's all good. And it's close enough to Helena to be a good day-hike that doesn't necessarily consume the whole day.

Sarah Aydlett
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Mark Silverstein
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Brett Scull
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Josh Baumer
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Alan Miller
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Wayne Brooks
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Phill Wadsworth
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Adam Herm
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