MacDonald Pass to Priest Pass Via Continental Divide Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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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.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,572 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


mountain biking




Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

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.

Monday, July 16, 2018

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.

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