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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
      • 131
      • 189
      • 46
      • 9

      Region Status
      Caution as of Nov 18, 2019

      Trail Running Stats

      Trails (view details)
      464
      Trails Mountain Bike
      470
      Trails E-Bike
      44
      Trails Hike
      459
      Trails Trail Running
      464
      Trails Horse
      263
      Trails Dirtbike
      52
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      52
      Trails Snowmobile
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      406
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      50
      Trails Nordic Ski
      428
      Total Distance
      750 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      313 miles
      Total Descent
      148,386 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,381 ft
      Reports
      5,562
      Ridden Counter
      23
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Helena

      trail: Canyon Trail
      12 |
      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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      Echo Drive Doubletrack
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 3:46pm
      Nov 18, 2019
      DryDtempletonMountain Bike
      Railroad Grade
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 9:41am
      Nov 18, 2019
      Prevalent MudUSNMountain Bike Still muddy. Looks like a day or so...
      Head Lane Access
      Nov 15, 2019 @ 3:37pm
      Nov 15, 2019
      VariableDtempletonMountain Bike
      Strawberry Lookout
      Nov 3, 2019 @ 1:58pm
      Nov 3, 2019
      Snow PackedewarnerusaMountain Bike
      Scratchgravels Singletrack
      Nov 2, 2019 @ 2:42pm
      Nov 2, 2019
      DryDtempletonMountain Bike
      Entertainment Trail doubletrack
      Oct 29, 2019 @ 5:47pm
      Oct 29, 2019
      Snow CoveredwyomontMountain Bike
      Eddye McClure West
      Oct 29, 2019 @ 5:45pm
      Oct 29, 2019
      Snow CoveredwyomontMountain Bike
      2006 Trail (south side)
      Oct 29, 2019 @ 1:26pm
      Oct 29, 2019
      Snow CoveredwyomontMountain Bike
      Lower TET
      Oct 27, 2019 @ 2:12pm
      Oct 27, 2019
      Snow CoveredewarnerusaMountain Bike Multiple Trees down
      Warm Springs to TET Offensive
      Oct 27, 2019 @ 2:12pm
      Oct 27, 2019
      Snow CoveredewarnerusaMountain Bike

      Activity Feed

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      user #1836205RedRock42wishlisttrailMount Helena Ridge Trail (Upper) and 5 more
      Nov 19, 2019 @ 6:51pm
      2 days
      user #1544804DtempletonaddreportEcho Drive Doubletrack
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 3:46pm
      Nov 18, 2019
      user #1325953USNaddreportRailroad Grade
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 1:51pm
      Nov 18, 2019
      user #1544804DtempletonaddreportHead Lane Access
      Nov 15, 2019 @ 5:40pm
      Nov 15, 2019
      user #1815587PlacherriddentrailArchery Range Trail and 11 more
      Nov 8, 2019 @ 6:59am
      Nov 8, 2019

      Recent Comments

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      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
      • By brenthillier NSMBA TRAILFORKS Plus & contributors
      • Admins: chuktA, WillieJacobsz, adaptivemike, MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, MBG, BikeHelena
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