Stemple Pass

Lincoln, Montana

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Stemple Pass skiers consider this area their own private playground and hope that it remains a primitive experience, which means trails are skier-packed. There are some popular off-piste routes for telemarking or bushwhacking. Most skiers stick to the four ski loops. The pass sits at 6,376 feet on the southern rim of the Blackfoot Valley. Here the snow blows in deep from early December until late March, and can reach depths of up to 5 feet. Stemple Pass was once a toll road between Helena and Lincoln during the gold-mining boomtown days of Lincoln in the 1860s. No tolls are collected for skiing Stemple Pass. Stemple crosses the Continental Divide in Montana. The notorious “Unabomber” lived at the pass’s western foot for twenty years. Visitors must remember that weather can brew some wicked storms over the Continental Divide. They should be prepared for quickly changing weather and be on the lookout for wildlife. Surface quality: Skier-packed.
Winter Trails: Montana

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Winter Trails: Montana

by Jean Arthur (The Globe Pequot Press)

Stemple Pass skiers consider this area their own private playground and hope that it remains a primitive experience, which means trails are skier-packed. There are some popular off-piste routes for telemarking or bushwhacking. Most skiers stick to the four ski loops.

The pass sits at 6,376 feet on the southern rim of the Blackfoot Valley. Here the snow blows in deep from early December until late March, and can reach depths of up to 5 feet. Stemple Pass was once a toll road between Helena and Lincoln during the gold-mining boomtown days of Lincoln in the 1860s. No tolls are collected for skiing Stemple Pass. Stemple crosses the Continental Divide in Montana. The notorious “Unabomber” lived at the pass’s western foot for twenty years. Visitors must remember that weather can brew some wicked storms over the Continental Divide. They should be prepared for quickly changing weather and be on the lookout for wildlife. Surface quality: Skier-packed.

©  Jean Arthur/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Lincoln
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 6,376 feet
Top Elevation: 6,750 feet
Local Contacts: Lincoln Ranger District, Helena National Forest; Avalanche forecast, (406)-549-4488
Driving Directions: Directions to Stemple Pass

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