The Mount Helena Ridge Trail is the centerpiece of Helena's South Hills trail network. It runs for nearly six miles from the community of Park City to the Mount Helena City Park. It offers great views of the Helena Valley in either direction. The Ridge Trail also provides access to two popular downhills: Emmett's Trail and Show-Me-The-Horse Trail.
The trail starts with a climb of approximately 600' in 1.5 miles from the trailhead parking lot. This is the rockiest part of the trail, and the part that beginners or less-skilled intermediate riders will find challenging. From the top of the ridge, the trail tread is much smoother, and there is very little climbing ahead. The trail drops into a saddle via a series of switchbacks, and has a short, loose climb out of the saddle. From here, the trail is more open and follows the ridgeline. This is a great trail for all abilities, although advanced riders will prefer to exit onto one of the two downhills mentioned above.
The lower Mount Helena Ridge Trail runs from Show-Me-The-Horse to Diretissema/McKelvey Trails.
Local Trail AssociationPrickly Pear Land Trust (www.pricklypearlt.org)
More Stats for Mount Helena Ridge Trail - Lower mountain bike trail
Altitude change-248 ft
Altitude min5,006 ft
Altitude max1.0 miles
Altitude start5,276 ft
Altitude end5,029 ft
Distance climb2,237 ft
Distance down1.1 miles
Distance flat13 ft
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Routes with this trail
|Show Me the Hog||8.0 miles|
|Mount Helena Ridge - Hogsback - Horse||13.2 miles|
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