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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 3 days

      E-Bike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #1,235
      State Ranking
      #11
      Trails (view details)
      44
      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
      124 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      39 miles
      Total Descent
      9,432 ft
      Total Vertical
      3,602 ft
      Reports
      4,893
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena

      trail: Canyon Trail
      17 |
      Oct 17, 2019 @ 7:52am
      Oct 17, 2019
      trail: TET Offensive
      19 |
      Sep 28, 2019 @ 9:18pm
      Sep 28, 2019
      100 |
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 7:34pm
      Jul 24, 2017
      146 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 5:23pm
      May 29, 2017

      Videos of Helena

      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

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      LeGrande Cannon Blvd
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 5:28am
      Aug 8, 2019
      DryericdarylMountain Bike
      William Gruber Loop
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 8:45am
      Aug 3, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      Creek Loop
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 8:45am
      Aug 3, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      Williams Street Path
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 8:45am
      Aug 3, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      USFS Road 4119
      Jul 8, 2019 @ 8:57am
      Jul 8, 2019
      Variableevasive MBGMountain Bike Usual muddy puddles.
      West Main Street
      Jun 9, 2019 @ 11:43am
      Jun 9, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      Grizzly Gulch Road
      Jun 9, 2019 @ 11:43am
      Jun 9, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      Prospector Gulch Road
      Jun 9, 2019 @ 11:43am
      Jun 9, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      Lime Kiln Road
      Jun 6, 2019 @ 10:44am
      Jun 6, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike
      South Hills Road
      Jun 6, 2019 @ 10:44am
      Jun 6, 2019
      Dryevasive MBGMountain Bike

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1220253wyomontaddreportRocky Road Trail East Connector and 6 more
      Dec 4, 2019 @ 12:49pm
      3 days
      user #1325953USNaddreportRailroad Grade
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 1:51pm
      Nov 18, 2019
      user #1544804DtempletonaddreportHead Lane Access
      Nov 15, 2019 @ 5:40pm
      Nov 15, 2019
      user #1019460ewarnerusaaddreportStrawberry Lookout
      Nov 3, 2019 @ 9:10pm
      Nov 3, 2019
      user #1220253wyomontaddreport2006 Trail (south side) and 4 more
      Oct 29, 2019 @ 5:45pm
      Oct 29, 2019

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #81295qgidleyreportUSFS Road 4119Disregard post. Snow covered not clear.
      May 10, 2019 @ 7:24pm
      May 10, 2019
      user #603372evasivereportAftershock TrailThanks for the updates.
      Jan 7, 2018 @ 2:20pm
      Jan 7, 2018
      user #603372evasivereport2006 Trail (north side)Thanks for the updates.
      Jan 7, 2018 @ 2:19pm
      Jan 7, 2018
      user #599986micahvitoffreportWest TroadLots of deadfall on summit trails
      Sep 8, 2017 @ 12:27pm
      Sep 8, 2017
      user #599986micahvitoffreportWest TroadLots of deadfall on summit trails
      Sep 8, 2017 @ 12:27pm
      Sep 8, 2017
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      • Admins: chuktA, WillieJacobsz, adaptivemike, MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
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