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Triple Divide



11.9 mile 19.2 kilometer point to point
82% Runnable


Ascent: 2,281' 695 m
Descent: -2,889' -881 m
High: 7,368' 2,246 m
Low: 4,730' 1,442 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)


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A strenuous Montana trail, with steep inclines, and rewarding views.

Justin Brock

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views


The Triple Divide Trail is a pretty strenuous 12 miler, but a rewarding one. 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.

At the start of the trail, you'll make your way up and down some rolling trail and head through dense forests and meadows. Then you'll reach a fork in the trail. Of course, keep on the Triple Divide Trail.

After this, you start the incline. If you are not fit for 2,900 feet of elevation gain, this trail might not be for you. You make your way along the edge of a red rock ridge up to a magnificent pass. Two valleys on either side of you provide excellent panoramic views.

From the 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 6 mile descent. Triple Divide Trail is a test for the fittest, but also a rewarding, spectacular viewpoint.

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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
The rocky descent from Triple Divide Pass towards Medicine Grizzly Peak.
Jun 3, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT
Razoredge Mountain at the beginning of the ascent to Triple Divide Pass.
Jun 3, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT
Ascent to Triple Divide Pass along the southern flank of Mount James.
Jun 3, 2019 near Rising Sun, MT


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