Stemple Pass

Lincoln, Montana 59639

Stemple Pass

Stemple Pass Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Day use
6,376 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,750 feet
Top Elevation
Lincoln Ranger District, Helena National Forest; Avalanche forecast, (406)-549-4488
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Jul 2018