close
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
LEGEND
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
      • 44
      • 15
      • 121
      • 180
      • 38
      • 7

      Caution on 3 hours

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #88
      State Ranking
      #1
      Trails
      405
      Total Distance
      538 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      237 miles
      Total Descent
      121,691 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,594 ft
      Total Vertical
      4,941 ft
      Reports
      4,254
      Photos
      545
      Ridden Counter
      10,333
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena Mountain Bike

      5 |
      Oct 8, 2018 @ 12:02pm
      Oct 8, 2018
      CDT (Rogers Pass to Wilderness...
      3 |
      Oct 8, 2018 @ 12:02pm
      Oct 8, 2018
      CDT (Rogers Pass to Wilderness...
      54 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      Eddye McClure East, My City
      94 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017
      Eddye McClure East, Helena
      more photos »

      Videos of Helena Mountain Bike

      Elkhorn Mtns Helena
      8:07 | 14 | Oct 4, 2018
      Casey Peak
      trail: Casey Peak
      5:29 | 8 | Oct 4, 2018
      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 13 | Oct 1, 2018
      CDT Centennials
      7:20 | 21 | 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

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      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
      user #1105585a406trailCasey Peakcool, thanks. Sure is a fun trail.
      Sep 24, 2018 @ 11:59am
      Sep 24, 2018
      user #603372evasivetrailCasey PeakThat status was applied to the Elkhorns...
      Sep 20, 2018 @ 9:07am
      Sep 20, 2018
      user #1105585a406trailCasey PeakNot sure why it has "This trail is...
      Sep 19, 2018 @ 3:15pm
      Sep 19, 2018
      more »

      Recent Activity

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #955492ZootownRideraddridelogOct 19, 2018 ride log
      Oct 19, 2018 @ 5:51pm
      1 hours
      user #546573therev34addridelogOct 19, 2018 ride log
      Oct 19, 2018 @ 5:31pm
      2 hours
      user #727804chrisjosephbensonwishlisttrailMount Helena Ridge Trail - Upper
      Oct 19, 2018 @ 4:59pm
      2 hours
      user #1159401flatheadsaddreportStairway To Heaven Trail - Upper and 1 more
      Oct 19, 2018 @ 4:29pm
      3 hours
      user #1599531HerbstangelaaddridelogSep 18, 2018 ride log
      Oct 19, 2018 @ 4:00pm
      3 hours
      view more »
      • By brenthillier NSMBA Plus & contributors
      • Admins: chuktA, MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, MBG, BikeHelena
      • #3444 - 10,840 views

      Downloading of trail gps tracks in kml & gpx formats is enabled for Helena.
      You must login to download files.