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      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 popular shared-use 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.
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      Region Details
      • 88
      • 22
      • 150
      • 186
      • 49
      • 8

      Region Status
      Open as of 12 hours
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      525
      Trails Mountain Bike
      503
      Trails E-Bike
      57
      Trails Hike
      497
      Trails Trail Running
      495
      Trails Horse
      300
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      70
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      66
      Trails Snowmobile
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      410
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      35
      Trails Nordic Ski
      425
      Total Distance
      793 miles
      Total Descent
      137,045 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,352 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,936 ft
      Reports
      10,187
      Photos
      1,316
      Ridden Counter
      29,894
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena Mountain Bike

      5 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:28am
      1 day
      5 |
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:28am
      1 day
      41 |
      Sep 13, 2020 @ 7:02pm
      Sep 13, 2020
      69 |
      Apr 20, 2020 @ 12:43pm
      Apr 20, 2020
      154 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      213 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017
      271 |
      Jun 6, 2016 @ 7:14am
      Jun 6, 2016
      256 |
      Oct 26, 2014 @ 2:49pm
      Oct 26, 2014

      Videos of Helena Mountain Bike

      Singletrack in Montana's Capital
      1:00 | 149 | May 14, 2020
      Elkhorn Mtns Helena
      8:07 | 122 | Oct 4, 2018
      Casey Peak
      5:29 | 156 | Oct 4, 2018
      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 46 | Oct 1, 2018
      CDT Centennials
      7:20 | 54 | Oct 1, 2018
      Helenduro X Stage 6 Course Preview

      2:34 | 362 | May 21, 2018
      Helenduro X Stage 1 Course Preview

      7:56 | 726 | May 21, 2018
      Helenduro X Stage 5 Course Preview

      6:26 | 362 | May 21, 2018

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      CDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:29am
      1 day
      Drychh51 Large tree down across trail, blocking...
      144
      Aug 1, 2021 @ 2:53pm
      3 days
      Very Drylivefreerdie SWMMBA
      Spruce Creek
      Aug 1, 2021 @ 2:53pm
      3 days
      Very Drylivefreerdie SWMMBA

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Arrowroot Drive
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 8:09pm
      12 hours
      DryznghIO
      Prospect Shafts Trail
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:14am
      2 days
      DrymconnitroFun down hill very loose rock in middle...
      Backside Trail
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:13am
      2 days
      DrymconnitroAll in all a nice trail some loose rock...
      Mount Helena Ridge Trail (Lower)
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:09am
      2 days
      DrymconnitroNice trail
      Mount Helena Ridge Trail (Middle)
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:09am
      2 days
      DrymconnitroNice trail
      Mount Helena Ridge Trail (Upper)
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:07am
      2 days
      DrymconnitroNice trail over all. Climb at first pays...
      Cayuse Mountain
      Aug 1, 2021 @ 2:51pm
      3 days
      Very Drylivefreerdie SWMMBA
      Narytime
      Aug 1, 2021 @ 2:51pm
      3 days
      Very Drylivefreerdie SWMMBA
      Casey Meadows Trail
      Jul 31, 2021 @ 1:00pm
      Jul 31, 2021
      Very DrywyomontHot and Dusty
      CDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Jul 26, 2021 @ 10:59am
      Jul 26, 2021
      Dryevasive MBG Cleared of timber on 7/25

      Activity Feed

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      user #2806206znghIOaddreportArrowroot Drive
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 8:09pm
      12 hours
      user #2507617chh51addreportCDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:30am
      1 day
      user #2507617chh51addphoto in My City and 6 more
      Aug 3, 2021 @ 7:25am
      1 day
      user #2346085mconnitroaddreportMount Helena Ridge Trail (Upper) and 4 more
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:07am
      2 days
      user #2346085mconnitroriddentrailMount Helena Ridge Trail (Upper) and 4 more
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:04am
      2 days

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1350477PhiladopolistrailWakina WoodsI don't think this trail exists anymore. There...
      Jul 24, 2021 @ 11:07am
      Jul 24, 2021
      user #2742295MT36trailCruse Control - LowerI think this trail is well intentioned and...
      Jul 6, 2021 @ 1:22pm
      Jul 6, 2021
      user #2742295MT36trailEvan's TrailOOOPS! This above review was meant for Lower...
      Jul 6, 2021 @ 8:28am
      Jul 6, 2021
      user #2742295MT36trailStairway To Heaven Trail - LowerNot to be negative, but it is almost like this...
      Jul 6, 2021 @ 8:26am
      Jul 6, 2021
      user #2742295MT36trailEvan's TrailNot to be negative, but it is almost like this...
      Jul 6, 2021 @ 8:22am
      Jul 6, 2021

      Local Badges


      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike503760 miles133,084 ft297 miles5,351 ft
      #127#571,27110,1715421,032
      E-Bike57171 miles17,110 ft54 miles4,022 ft
      #1,229#2459,14036
      Hike497756 miles134,239 ft299 miles5,351 ft
      #90#463310,13231,789
      Trail Running495749 miles133,711 ft297 miles5,341 ft
      #91#46510,1294204
      Horse300571 miles96,093 ft216 miles5,351 ft
      #18#148,1101
      Dirtbike/Moto70276 miles22,910 ft78 miles4,131 ft
      #101#737,8887
      ATV/ORV/OHV66256 miles20,220 ft71 miles4,131 ft
      #53#2957,8865
      Snowmobile13,186 ft72 ft1,129 ft125 ft
      #1182,747
      Snowshoe410550 miles105,650 ft231 miles5,282 ft
      #3#23,355125
      Backcountry Ski35147 miles31,762 ft58 miles4,957 ft
      #22#1312,816142
      Nordic Ski425601 miles112,825 ft249 miles5,282 ft
      #2#23,3612185
      • By brenthillier NSMBA TRAILFORKS Plus & contributors
      • Admins: MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, wyomont, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
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