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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
ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
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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 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.
      Region Supporters & Maintainers
      Region Details
      • 76
      • 20
      • 147
      • 190
      • 53
      • 9

      Region Status
      Open as of 10 hours
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      516
      Trails Mountain Bike
      501
      Trails E-Bike
      45
      Trails Hike
      493
      Trails Trail Running
      494
      Trails Horse
      305
      Trails Dirtbike
      56
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      54
      Trails Snowmobile
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      431
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      57
      Trails Nordic Ski
      450
      Total Distance
      789 miles
      Total Descent
      151,793 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,449 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      9,033 ft
      Reports
      6,657
      Photos
      1,187
      Ridden Counter
      24,057
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena Mountain Bike

      trail: Shingle Creek
      3 |
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:34am
      Sep 24, 2020
      trail: Shingle Creek
      1 |
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 11:34am
      Sep 24, 2020
      129 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      185 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017

      Videos of Helena Mountain Bike

      Singletrack in Montana's Capital
      1:00 | 82 | May 14, 2020
      insanely steep
      trail: Steepness
      0:05 | 100 | May 22, 2019
      Elkhorn Mtns Helena
      8:07 | 98 | Oct 4, 2018
      Casey Peak
      5:29 | 113 | Oct 4, 2018

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      CDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Sep 2, 2020 @ 5:30pm
      Sep 2, 2020
      DryMattinButte ATS About 10 trees down. Also there is a...
      CDNST (FS 1897 to Priest Pass)
      Sep 2, 2020 @ 5:27pm
      Sep 2, 2020
      DryMattinButte ATS Many trees down.
      Aspen Trail
      Aug 29, 2020 @ 1:13pm
      Aug 29, 2020
      Very DryBulankaGLots of dead down timber, I took care of...

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #603372evasiveaddreportPinchot Trail and 6 more
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 4:30pm
      7 hours
      user #2432790Morganpdeskinsvotetrail1906 Trail
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 11:39am
      12 hours
      user #603372evasiveupdatedirectoryPrickly Pear Land Trust and 2 more
      Sep 26, 2020 @ 10:31am
      2 days
      user #1390216JennMcwishlisttrailCDT (Stemple Pass to NF 136) and 1 more
      Sep 26, 2020 @ 2:07am
      2 days
      user #1220253wyomontupdatetrailCDNST (Switchback Ridge to Hahn Creek Rd.)
      Sep 24, 2020 @ 7:29pm
      Sep 24, 2020

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #2053862Wildfire0148trailTrout Creek TrailI usually prefer blue runs but this trail was...
      Sep 13, 2020 @ 7:00pm
      Sep 13, 2020
      user #1472609Ursaamajortrail11th Hour TrailToo grown in at times to find this trail at...
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 6:45pm
      Sep 6, 2020
      user #2125509ClairepennelltrailCave RidgeThis isn’t a bike trail it’s a four wheel...
      Aug 8, 2020 @ 4:10pm
      Aug 8, 2020
      user #1663357BelinnetrailMaupin to WillardGreat ride going south to north, but...
      Aug 3, 2020 @ 7:52pm
      Aug 3, 2020
      user #1327037gjwtrailEdith LakeNot meant for any kind of bike unless you want...
      Aug 2, 2020 @ 3:19pm
      Aug 2, 2020

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