McDonald Pass Cross Country Skiing

The 6th most popular XC Ski in Montana.

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West of Helena, the McDonald Pass area has 25km of cross country skiing trails with 12km groomed weekly by the local nordic club.

To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead, travel west from Helena on Highway 12 approximately 14 miles to the parking area on the north side of Highway 12. Parking is provided just off of Highway 12, and the trail starts at the north end of the parking area.

Overall, McDonald Pass is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 37 Nordic ski destinations in Montana.

McDonald Pass Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  Helena National Forest (406) 449-5490; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868; The Base Camp (406) 443-5360.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

GPS:  46.56298, -112.30763

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  7/17/2016

ID:  7287

McDonald Pass Cross Country Skiing Map