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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
      • 90
      • 22
      • 154
      • 189
      • 49
      • 9

      Region Status
      Open as of May 2, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      535
      Trails Mountain Bike
      514
      Trails E-Bike
      54
      Trails Hike
      507
      Trails Trail Running
      501
      Trails Horse
      304
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      70
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      66
      Trails Snowshoe
      417
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      34
      Trails Nordic Ski
      435
      Total Distance
      814 miles
      Total Descent
      135,936 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,352 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,936 ft
      Reports
      10,837
      Photos
      1,364
      Ridden Counter
      37,155
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena Mountain Bike

      32 |
      Sep 24, 2021 @ 1:58pm
      Sep 24, 2021
      44 |
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 4:35pm
      Jun 19, 2021
      49 |
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 4:35pm
      Jun 19, 2021
      54 |
      Dec 10, 2020 @ 4:25pm
      Dec 10, 2020
      39 |
      Dec 10, 2020 @ 4:20pm
      Dec 10, 2020
      190 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      252 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017
      287 |
      Oct 26, 2014 @ 2:49pm
      Oct 26, 2014

      Videos of Helena Mountain Bike

      Helena Ridge First Drop Attempt
      70 | May 20, 2022
      Helena Ridge First Drop Attempt
      | May 15, 2022
      Singletrack in Montana's Capital
      1:00 | 225 | May 14, 2020
      Elkhorn Mtns Helena
      8:07 | 143 | Oct 4, 2018
      Casey Peak
      5:29 | 176 | Oct 4, 2018
      CDT Centennials part 2
      5:48 | 58 | Oct 1, 2018
      CDT Centennials
      7:20 | 61 | Oct 1, 2018
      Helenduro X Stage 6 Course Preview

      2:34 | 373 | May 21, 2018

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Shingle Creek
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 6:52pm
      22 hours
      Ideal Large tree down across trail, blocking...blarfnort
      South Fork Strawberry
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 6:50pm
      22 hours
      Dry Large tree down across trail, blocking...blarfnort
      Warm Springs to TET Offensive
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 6:21pm
      3 days
      DryHorse ttjtmeyer
      Connector
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 6:21pm
      3 days
      DryHorse ttjtmeyer
      West Main Street
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 5:06pm
      3 days
      Dry evasive MBG
      McKelvey Trail
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 5:06pm
      3 days
      Dry evasive MBG
      Upper Davis Bike Course
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 7:18am
      Jun 28, 2022
      DryInfested with noxious/invasive weeds.wyomont
      Maupin to Willard
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 12:37pm
      Jun 26, 2022
      VariableNicely overgrown.wyomont
      North Fork Strawberry
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 12:31pm
      Jun 26, 2022
      DryTrail has some fairly deep water ruts...wyomont
      Mount Helena Ridge Trail (Upper)
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 12:18pm
      Jun 26, 2022
      Dry evasive MBG

      Activity Feed

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      user #1827838Marty406addrouteMain-Wakina-TR-Acropolis
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 7:24am
      9 hours
      user #3037096blarfnortaddphoto in Helena, Montana, United States and 5 more
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 7:01pm
      22 hours
      user #3037096blarfnortaddreportSouth Fork Strawberry and 1 more
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 6:51pm
      22 hours
      user #1364512MoquinwishlistrouteBeartrap Gulch
      Jun 29, 2022 @ 4:35pm
      2 days
      user #1364512MoquinwishlistrouteMount Helena Ridge to Show-Me-the-Horse and 1 more
      Jun 29, 2022 @ 4:28pm
      2 days

      Recent Comments

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      user #3037096blarfnorttrailShingle CreekThis trail apparently sees so little use that...
      Jun 25, 2022 @ 8:39pm
      Jun 25, 2022
      user #3037096blarfnorttrailSouth Fork Strawberry (Haab)I tried to ride this trail today. There are...
      Jun 18, 2022 @ 9:45am
      Jun 18, 2022
      user #2222240chance-3trailBig Dorothy TrailSick trail indeed, loved this one
      Apr 9, 2022 @ 3:38pm
      Apr 9, 2022
      user #2222240chance-3trailEddye McClure WestThis trail is a lot of fun, GREAT flow with...
      Apr 8, 2022 @ 6:18pm
      Apr 8, 2022
      user #603372evasivetrailSouth Fork Strawberry (Haab)This portion of the trail that crosses the...
      Mar 23, 2022 @ 9:03am
      Mar 23, 2022

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike513781 miles131,975 ft306 miles5,351 ft
      #152#681,32010,8456124,870
      E-Bike54186 miles17,267 ft56 miles4,022 ft
      #2,264#3949,78253
      Hike507777 miles132,792 ft307 miles5,351 ft
      #107#573410,80732,370
      Trail Running501768 miles132,215 ft305 miles5,341 ft
      #108#57510,8044382
      Horse304578 miles94,790 ft220 miles5,351 ft
      #19#168,5071
      Dirtbike/Moto70291 miles24,281 ft84 miles4,131 ft
      #193#1218,24210
      ATV/ORV/OHV66270 miles21,588 ft78 miles4,131 ft
      #104#5658,2398
      Snowshoe417552 miles103,150 ft231 miles5,282 ft
      #6#23,888131
      Backcountry Ski34146 miles31,299 ft57 miles4,957 ft
      #46#1913,318146
      Nordic Ski435605 miles110,650 ft250 miles5,282 ft
      #2#23,8952252
      • By brenthillier NSMBA TRAILFORKS & contributors
      • Admins: MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, wyomont, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
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