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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
      Map defaulted to winter mode.
      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 6 hours

      Backcountry Ski Stats

      Trails (view details)
      50
      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
      181 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      72 miles
      Total Descent
      41,952 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,056 ft
      Reports
      9
      Sub Regions

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Prickly Pear Trail (doubletrack)
      Aug 28, 2019 @ 11:02am
      Aug 28, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      Switchback Ridge Trail
      Aug 25, 2019 @ 6:45am
      Aug 25, 2019
      DryFanderson MTBMMountain Bike A couple big trees (12-15”) down on the...
      Switchback Ridge Access
      Aug 25, 2019 @ 6:45am
      Aug 25, 2019
      DryFanderson MTBMMountain Bike
      CDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Aug 22, 2019 @ 3:54pm
      Aug 22, 2019
      DryEricJBellMountain Bike 7 trees down over the trail. Did some...
      CDT (Rogers to Flesher)
      Aug 19, 2019 @ 9:44am
      Aug 19, 2019
      Very DryCJSuttererMountain Bike Beautiful trail. Gives you a great...
      Casey Peak Trail
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 10:35am
      Jul 21, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      Casey Meadows Trail
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 10:35am
      Jul 21, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      CDT (Flesher to Stemple)
      Aug 18, 2018 @ 4:32pm
      Aug 18, 2018
      DrywyomontMountain Bike 3 trees down.
      Bilk Mountain Trail #232
      May 30, 2018 @ 6:32pm
      May 30, 2018
      DrynwflyerMountain Bike Multiple downed trees on the climb....
      Jackson Creek Trail
      Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:24am
      Nov 1, 2017
      Snow Coveredevasive MBGMountain Bike First real snowfall of 2017/18

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1821606CodyBechdolriddentrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 6:58pm
      Sep 22, 2019
      user #1201611RockyMTriderwishlisttrailCayuse Mountain Trail #235 and 1 more
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 9:38pm
      Sep 15, 2019
      user #1201611RockyMTriderriddentrailThompson Hellgate
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 9:34pm
      Sep 15, 2019
      user #1382369ApeabodyvotetrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 7:26am
      Sep 15, 2019
      user #1415189gludeachrisriddentrailCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge) and 1 more
      Sep 12, 2019 @ 11:23am
      Sep 12, 2019

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #603372evasivereportSwitchback Ridge TrailPoop. It was WINDY on Saturday.
      Jul 15, 2019 @ 6:38am
      Jul 15, 2019
      user #1825393BalsamwjreportCDNST (MacDonald Pass to Switchback Ridge)We hiked down switchback and there were two...
      Jul 4, 2019 @ 3:43pm
      Jul 4, 2019
      user #1658543Lowtech19trailSwitchback Ridge TrailThis trail needs to be cleared of down trees.
      Nov 3, 2018 @ 12:35pm
      Nov 3, 2018
      user #1655558bigskywalkertrailCDT (Rogers to Flesher)My daughter and I hiked the CDT from Flesher...
      Oct 28, 2018 @ 10:17am
      Oct 28, 2018
      user #1105585a406trailCasey Peak Trailcool, thanks. Sure is a fun trail.
      Sep 24, 2018 @ 11:59am
      Sep 24, 2018
      • By brenthillier NSMBA TRAILFORKS Plus & contributors
      • Admins: chuktA, WillieJacobsz, adaptivemike, MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
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