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We hit cold and snow!

We traveled through the pass three times in less than a week and it is really lovely with great... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Sandy F
East Wenatchee, Washington
MacDonald Pass

I hear this pass mentioned on weather forecasts on my computer in Ohio. I wanted to see it and was... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Miamisburg, Ohio
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A cross-country skiing trail.
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

We traveled through the pass three times in less than a week and it is really lovely with great views. On one of our trips there was some snow, but thankfully the roads were clear.

Thank Sandy F
Reviewed 30 May 2017

I hear this pass mentioned on weather forecasts on my computer in Ohio. I wanted to see it and was most impressed with view. The mountains and valley are splendid.

Thank wmillerjr
Reviewed 26 April 2017

The continental divide is just a short 10 miles from Helena. It is a favorite local cross country trail, a hiking trail (up at the top and you can even drop a car off and hike to the bottom or the mountain), and a great...More

Thank OttoSeitz
Reviewed 21 October 2016

So it can be sunny in Elliston and in Helena, but snowing up on Mac pass. Be sure to check the MT Dept of Transportation webcam to find out the "ground truth" about the pass or else you can get in a bad situation in...More

Thank subscribe2016
Reviewed 13 October 2016

best place to stop if you don't have a lot of time and get the real feeling of montana ; standing on top of a mountain with views that pass your ability to see. great place to stretch your legs and your four footed friends...More

Thank Dorian B
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I somehow love the twilight time of evening when it is still light enough to see but dark enough to where the lights are coming on. This view of Helena from Mcdonald Pass Lookout is awesome that time of night.

Thank stevea7777
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Beautiful views!! Spectacular. ......weather can be crazy up that high though. Weather in town can be fine yet it could be blizzarding on the top of the pass if you visit during the winter months. Takes less than 1/2 hour to drive to from town.

Thank W M
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Need to exit vehicle at top of pass and take photos. Be sure to read at the Summit the way it got its name.

Thank Carolyn L
Reviewed 24 August 2016

There are a couple of places to pull off the road when you drive over MacDonald Pass. It's worth taking a few minutes to do that and to see some of Montana's best views. Beautiful!!!

Thank MontanaSplash
Reviewed 10 August 2016

I have visited this pass in summer and winter. The roads are very accessible and the trails out of the parking areas are well marked. I love the view and the fresh air. Speaking of air, I have never visited the pass without experiencing strong...More

Thank Shar0nstone
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7 December 2016|
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Response from stevea7777 | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what the weather forecast is for your time of travel. You won't want to do the pass in the middle of a snow storm but in between storms all will be beautiful but plowed and fine driving. Have a great... More