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Level: Advanced
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +206/809 ft
Total: 10 riders
 

Mountain Biking MacDonald Pass

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#37 of 264 mountain bike trails in Montana
#1,883 in the world

This is one techy trail! Lots of baby heads/rock gardens and quite a few water bars. Near the end of the trail you'll encounter five switchbacks.
The route is pretty straight forward except for two areas. The first is a large clearing that you'll come to about three miles into the ride. You'll want to aim hang a left and aim for the edge of the trees/rock formation. The second is when you finish the trail you'll want to hang a left on the gravel road to get back to your vehicle. Once the construction is done along the road you will be able to park right at the end of the trail. For now it's a three mile ride back to the vehicle. Thankfully it's mostly downhill.

First added by Jared13 on Jul 4, 2015. Last updated Apr 23, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Helena, head west on Highway 12. About 7 miles out of town, turn onto Rimini Rd (North or South, it doesn't matter) and park a vehicle there. This is your exit point. Turn west onto Highway 12 again and travel another 7 miles. The recreation area will be on your left. Follow that to the end and unload there. The trail is at the end of the parking lot/turn around area.
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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    While the route finding can be tricky and it definitely isn't "easy," MacDonald Pass is a great big mountain Montana ride, with a rewarding, fast descent!

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