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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • 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
      • 71
      • 20
      • 125
      • 196
      • 39
      • 8

      Region Status
      Open as of 20 hours ago

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #111
      State Ranking
      #1
      Trails (view details)
      480
      Trails Mountain Bike
      463
      Trails E-Bike
      44
      Trails Hike
      452
      Trails Trail Running
      457
      Trails Horse
      259
      Trails Dirtbike
      52
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      52
      Trails Snowmobile
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      410
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      52
      Trails Nordic Ski
      432
      Total Distance
      756 miles
      Total Descent
      148,620 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,380 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      9,034 ft
      Reports
      5,578
      Photos
      817
      Ridden Counter
      16,546
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena Mountain Bike

      trail: North 40
      1 |
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 8:08pm
      14 hours
      3 |
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 8:05pm
      15 hours
      97 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      140 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017

      Videos of Helena Mountain Bike

      insanely steep
      trail: Steepness
      0:05 | 65 | May 22, 2019
      Elkhorn Mtns Helena
      8:07 | 62 | Oct 4, 2018
      Casey Peak
      5:29 | 43 | Oct 4, 2018
      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 22 | Oct 1, 2018

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Lower Troad
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 9:37am
      Sep 15, 2019
      Snow CoveredMontuckyRedbeardunable to ride these trails. Too much...
      Upper Troad
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 9:37am
      Sep 15, 2019
      Snow CoveredMontuckyRedbeardunable to ride, too much down wood
      CDNST (FS 1897 to Priest Pass)
      Sep 8, 2019 @ 2:04pm
      Sep 8, 2019
      DrywyomontMany trees down.

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1653071BulankaGaddphoto in My City
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 8:08pm
      14 hours
      user #1653071BulankaGaddphoto in My City
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 8:05pm
      15 hours
      user #1821606CodyBechdolriddentrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 6:58pm
      16 hours
      user #1220253wyomontaddreportMaupin Creek to Waterline
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 2:41pm
      20 hours
      user #1653071BulankaGaddphoto in My City and 4 more
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 2:40pm
      2 days

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      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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