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Cut Bank Pass

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A bruiser of a trail leading from beautiful high alpine to forested valleys below.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Point to Point

7,850' 2,393 m

High

4,817' 1,468 m

Low

143' 43 m

Up

3,070' 936 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildflowers

Bring bear spray.

Description

This trail takes you from the Pitamakan & Dawson Pass Loop over Cut Bank Pass and down to the Nyack Creek Trail. It starts off in the amazing alpine meadows on the north face of Mt. Morgan with breathtaking views north into the North Fork Cut Bank Creek drainage. Once across Cut Bank Pass, views continue to delight as you take a steep goat trail down to the saddle between Tinkham Mountain and McClintock Mountain. The views are impressive and panoramic.

From here, you drop down into the bowl through a series of switchbacks, then traverse across the bowl along the base of McClintock Mountain. Through this area, you are going through flower meadows and sparsely populated subalpine firs. At the end of this traverse, the trail makes a beeline to the bottom of the valley to meet up with the Nyack Creek Trail.

Instead of opting for switchbacks, the trail essentially heads straight down the drainage. This section travels through trees with occasional views to the surrounding mountains as you travel across avalanche chutes. The flora goes from alpine to dense, wet forest at the bottom. After the steep section, the trail regains a moderate descent until it reaches the Nyack Creek Trail.

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Flora & Fauna

High alpine flora includes glacier lilies, asters, and beargrass, while the lower sections are pine and fir with thimbleberry bushes. Bighorn sheep and mountain goats are common in the high reaches.

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Jake Bramante

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  3.5 from 2 votes

#13

in Two Medicine

#19272

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#13

in Two Medicine

#388

in Montana

#19,272

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Photos

Pitamakan Lake in front of Red Mountain
Sep 12, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT
View from meadows below McClintock Peak towards the Nyack region.
Apr 10, 2016 near Rising Sun, MT
Trip video from Cut Bank Trailhead over Cut Bank Pass to Nyack Creek and back.
Apr 10, 2016 near Rising Sun, MT
And unnamed lake next to an unnamed peak from Pitamakan Pass.
Sep 12, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT
A meadow below Cut Bank Pass.
Mar 11, 2020 near Rising Sun, MT
Descending the scree fields on Dawson Pass.
Jun 15, 2016 near Rising Sun, MT

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