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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • 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 Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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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

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • 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
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • 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
      • 75
      • 20
      • 132
      • 190
      • 47
      • 9

      Region Status
      Caution as of Dec 8, 2019

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #120
      State Ranking
      #1
      Trails (view details)
      494
      Trails Mountain Bike
      474
      Trails E-Bike
      44
      Trails Hike
      463
      Trails Trail Running
      468
      Trails Horse
      265
      Trails Dirtbike
      52
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      52
      Trails Snowmobile
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      407
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      50
      Trails Nordic Ski
      429
      Total Distance
      777 miles
      Total Descent
      151,439 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,380 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      9,034 ft
      Reports
      5,624
      Photos
      821
      Ridden Counter
      16,966
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena Mountain Bike

      1 |
      Dec 9, 2019 @ 3:03pm
      2 days
      trail: Canyon Trail
      17 |
      Oct 17, 2019 @ 7:52am
      Oct 17, 2019
      100 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      146 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017

      Videos of Helena Mountain Bike

      insanely steep
      trail: Steepness
      0:05 | 70 | May 22, 2019
      Elkhorn Mtns Helena
      8:07 | 64 | Oct 4, 2018
      Casey Peak
      5:29 | 47 | Oct 4, 2018
      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 22 | Oct 1, 2018

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

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      user #1220253wyomontaddphoto in Helena, Montana, United States
      Dec 9, 2019 @ 3:03pm
      2 days
      user #1220253wyomontaddreportConnector
      Dec 8, 2019 @ 12:52pm
      3 days
      user #1220253wyomontaddreportPrickly Pear Connector and 6 more
      Dec 8, 2019 @ 12:52pm
      3 days
      user #1220253wyomontaddtrailScratchgravel Peak South Side and 1 more
      Dec 6, 2019 @ 6:54pm
      Dec 6, 2019
      user #1220253wyomontaddtrailSteep Old Twotrack
      Dec 5, 2019 @ 8:19pm
      Dec 5, 2019

      Recent Comments

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      user #1615113HAMMR412trailShow-Me-The-Horse TrailAlways fun, nothing too technical to be...
      Sep 18, 2019 @ 10:34am
      Sep 18, 2019
      user #1915497JbabichtrailWaterline TrailI was told this is the easiest trail near town...
      Sep 1, 2019 @ 7:13pm
      Sep 1, 2019
      user #603372evasivereportSwitchback Ridge TrailPoop. It was WINDY on Saturday.
      Jul 15, 2019 @ 6:38am
      Jul 15, 2019
      user #1544237montanasnowtrailSaddle RoadThis is a great ride.
      Jul 10, 2019 @ 12:18pm
      Jul 10, 2019
      user #1825393BalsamwjreportCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)We hiked down switchback and there were two...
      Jul 4, 2019 @ 3:43pm
      Jul 4, 2019

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