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Triple Divide Pass Out-and-Back

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Trail

14.5 mile 23.4 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,391' 729 m
Descent: -2,391' -729 m
High: 7,378' 2,249 m
Low: 5,173' 1,577 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Justin Brock

An epic out-and-back to an absolutely incredible viewpoint.

Justin Brock

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

This is a pretty strenuous 14-miler, but it's well worth the effort. Especially in the high season, make sure to get to the trailhead (near Cut Bank Campground) early, because there is very limited parking, and the spaces tend to fill up quickly. You'll follow the Pitamakan Pass Trail to Triple Divide Trail before arriving at the pass itself.

Need to Know

This is a very strenuous outing. Come prepared with the essentials: water/filter, layers, sunblock, etc.

Description

At the start of the trail, you'll make your way up and down through some rolling terrain and head through dense forests and open meadows. Then, you'll reach a fork in the trail. Given your objective here, you'll obviously want to keep on the Triple Divide Trail.

After this, you start the real incline. If you are not fit for 2,400 feet of elevation gain, this trail might not be for you. Make your way along the edge of a red rock ridge up to the magnificent pass. Two valleys on either side of you provide excellent panoramic views.

From this destination, you can make a strenuous scramble (not included in the mileage) to Triple Divide Peak, where you can see all the way down the valleys and all the way to Medicine Grizzly Lake's astonishing blue waters.

Remember, you still have to turn around for the +7-mile descent. Triple Divide Trail is a test for the fittest, but also a rewarding, spectacular viewpoint.

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Sep 17, 2019
Meghan Hazer
Jul 4, 2019
Carolyn Coffey
lots of marmots, moose from afar (in the valley) no bear sightings! 15mi
Sep 1, 2018
Nate B
This trail does not lead to the peak; that requires an additional hike with an intense scramble up land-sliding rock, or just a very intense scramble. 16.9mi
Aug 21, 2018
Tilman Giese
19.4mi — 8h 04m
Jul 23, 2018
Melodie Prevost
Aug 11, 2017
Amanda Griffeth
Our family camped at the Cut Bank Campground and did part of this trail (Cut Bank camp to the Junction) Had lunch at Atlantic Camp and then over to... 8.5mi
Jul 22, 2017
Lori P.
St Mary's trail with group
Jun 26, 2017
Zac Sparrow

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 5 votes

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Photos

Trip video of Medicine Grizzly Lake.
May 13, 2016 near Rising Sun, MT
Trip video up to Triple Divide Pass.
May 13, 2016 near Rising Sun, MT
Panorama across Medicine Grizzly Lake from just below Triple Divide Pass.
Jun 3, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT
Medicine Grizzly Peak and lake.
Jun 3, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT
Split Mountain from Triple Divide Pass.
Jun 3, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT
Bad Marriage Mountain from the Cut Bank Trailhead.
Jun 3, 2019 near St. Mary, MT

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