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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Helena is Montana's capital city, and has a legitimate claim to being its mountain bike capital as well. In addition to the South Hills bordering the southern downtown and residential neighborhoods, there are several distinct riding areas within a 30-minute drive.

      There is a wide range of terrain, trail character, and experience across the Helena area. The South Hills are a heavily-used multiuser trail network with primarily non-technical trails. The Continental Divide Trail on MacDonald Pass has very technical rock gardens. The Elkhorn range offers primitive backcountry rides.

      Camping is limited close to Helena, but there are numerous developed campsites on BLM and USFS lands farther out.
      Region Supporters & Maintainers
      Region Details
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #94
      State Ranking
      #1
      Trails (view details)
      411
      Trails Mountain Bike
      411
      Trails E-Bike
      29
      Trails Hike
      404
      Trails Trail Running
      404
      Trails Dirtbike
      25
      Trails ATV
      25
      Trails Horse
      23
      Trails Snowshoe
      70
      Trails Downhill Ski
      1
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      1
      Trails Nordic Ski
      66
      Trails Snowmobile
      2
      Total Distance
      589 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      259 miles
      Total Descent
      123,447 ft
      Total Vertical
      4,941 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,594 ft
      Reports
      4,558
      Photos
      549
      Ridden Counter
      11,173
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena Mountain Bike

      4 |
      Nov 22, 2018 @ 8:03pm
      Nov 22, 2018
      Butcherknife Gulch, My City
      trail: Iron Gulch
      6 |
      Nov 22, 2018 @ 8:02pm
      Nov 22, 2018
      Iron Gulch, My City
      64 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      Eddye McClure East, My City
      103 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017
      Eddye McClure East, Helena
      more photos »

      Videos of Helena Mountain Bike

      Elkhorn Mtns Helena
      8:07 | 21 | Oct 4, 2018
      Casey Peak
      trail: Casey Peak
      5:29 | 11 | Oct 4, 2018
      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 14 | Oct 1, 2018
      CDT Centennials
      7:20 | 23 | Oct 1, 2018
      more videos »

      Helena Mountain Bike Routes

      titleratingdistance
      Mount Ascension to Top of the World
      11 miles
      Mount Helena Ridge - Hogsback - Horse
      13 miles
      Show Me the Hog
      8 miles
      Mount A to Top of the World
      11 miles

      Recent Comments

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      user #1658543Lowtech19trailIron GulchNeeds a little trail work. Lot of large loose...
      Nov 22, 2018 @ 8:01pm
      Nov 22, 2018
      user #1658543Lowtech19trailSwitchback Ridge TrailThis trail needs to be cleared of down trees.
      Nov 3, 2018 @ 12:35pm
      Nov 3, 2018
      user #1655558bigskywalkertrailCDT (Rogers to Flesher)My daughter and I hiked the CDT from Flesher...
      Oct 28, 2018 @ 10:17am
      Oct 28, 2018
      user #603372evasivetrailReservoir TrailGreat low-angle loop for beginner riders or...
      Oct 15, 2018 @ 6:52am
      Oct 15, 2018
      user #1544804DtempletontrailAftershock TrailNice
      Sep 28, 2018 @ 5:26pm
      Sep 28, 2018
      more »

      Recent Activity

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      Jan 20, 2019 @ 3:41pm
      12 hours
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      Jan 20, 2019 @ 12:39pm
      15 hours
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      Jan 19, 2019 @ 2:35pm
      2 days
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      Jan 19, 2019 @ 1:41pm
      2 days
      user #1415640mskreisaddridelogOct 23, 2018 ride log and 1 more
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      • By brenthillier NSMBA Plus & contributors
      • Admins: chuktA, MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, MBG, BikeHelena
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