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      The Scratchgravel Hills are Helena's year-round riding area. Due to the well-drained geology, open slopes, and minimal snowfall, this area offers dry trails nearly every month of the year. Existing trails are a hodgepodge of old Jeep trails, mining roads, and some singletrack. When the BLM re-evaluates this area's management plan in 2017, hopefully new singletrack networks will be constructed.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: National Forest
      Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      There are several major trailheads: Head Lane, Birdseye, and John G Mine.
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      Region Details
      • 14
      • 3
      • 32
      • 12
      • 5
      • 1

      Region Status
      Open as of Dec 24, 2023
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      67
      Trails Mountain Bike
      67
      Trails E-Bike
      9
      Trails Horse
      63
      Trails Hike
      67
      Trails Trail Running
      65
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      9
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      9
      Trails Snowshoe
      56
      Trails Nordic Ski
      54
      Total Distance
      51 miles
      Total Descent
      6,502 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,892 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      5,676 ft
      Reports
      303
      Photos
      52
      Ridden Counter
      4,319

      Photos of Scratchgravel Hills Mountain Bike

      8 |
      Nov 17, 2023 @ 1:01pm
      Nov 17, 2023
      22 |
      May 7, 2023 @ 9:21am
      May 7, 2023
      trail: Iron Oxide
      96 |
      Oct 22, 2021 @ 5:49pm
      Oct 22, 2021
      80 |
      Jun 29, 2021 @ 7:46pm
      Jun 29, 2021
      28 |
      Jun 25, 2021 @ 7:04pm
      Jun 25, 2021
      18 |
      Jun 25, 2021 @ 7:04pm
      Jun 25, 2021
      62 |
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 10:02am
      Jun 19, 2021
      62 |
      Jun 6, 2021 @ 5:33pm
      Jun 6, 2021

      Recent Trail Reports

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      West Doubletrack
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      Unravel Trail
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      Sunny Vista Trail
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      Steep Old Twotrack
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      Staircase
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      South Ridge Trail
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      South Doubletrack
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      Singletrack Connector
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      Silver Trail
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG
      Silver Cr Road
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 7:16am
      Apr 26, 2023
      Ideal Good to go by all reports.evasive MBG

      Activity Feed

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      dehmooseriddentrailactivity #46709902 and 1 more
      Nov 26, 2023 @ 7:56pm
      Nov 26, 2023
      Caitlinev5IAAriddenrouteactivity #46530412 and 1 more
      Nov 21, 2023 @ 9:21am
      Nov 21, 2023
      misterloonaticaddphotoactivity #46502682
      Nov 20, 2023 @ 2:43pm
      Nov 20, 2023
      MariSorrySafariwishlistrouteactivity #46235326
      Nov 12, 2023 @ 12:43pm
      Nov 12, 2023
      MariSorrySafariwishlistregionactivity #46235251
      Nov 12, 2023 @ 12:36pm
      Nov 12, 2023

      Recent Comments

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      SanchewytrailIron GulchDo yourself a favor and don't ride this. Large...
      Jul 21, 2023 @ 4:42pm
      Jul 21, 2023
      Lowtech19trailWest DoubletrackBasic double track. Watch out for the Canadian...
      Jul 3, 2023 @ 9:04pm
      Jul 3, 2023
      Lowtech19trailSilver TrailThis trail is tight and has some great tech...
      Jul 3, 2023 @ 3:59am
      Jul 3, 2023
      Lowtech19trailNorth Ridge TrailMore people should ride this trail. It really...
      Jul 3, 2023 @ 3:55am
      Jul 3, 2023
      MTdadreportScratchgravels SingletrackSnow covered
      Dec 22, 2021 @ 9:06am
      Dec 22, 2021

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Tenmile Creek Park5.1 km
      Priest Area 8 107.8 km
      South Hills 58 80 20 48.7 km
      Mountain View Meadows10.8 km
      Great Divide 1 210.9 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike6751 miles6,503 ft15 miles1,893 ft
      #2,234#1,1974429841,780
      E-Bike913 miles217 ft1 mile607 ft
      #1,6792641
      Horse6350 miles5,840 ft14 miles1,893 ft
      #112#93206
      Hike6751 miles6,503 ft15 miles1,893 ft
      #1,724#1,05032972293
      Trail Running6551 miles6,453 ft15 miles1,893 ft
      #1,723#1,048297254
      Dirtbike/Moto921 miles144 ft2 miles1,893 ft
      #302179
      ATV/ORV/OHV921 miles144 ft2 miles1,893 ft
      #1905179
      Snowshoe5638 miles4,990 ft12 miles1,467 ft
      #100#6397
      Nordic Ski5437 miles4,544 ft11 miles1,467 ft
      #50#40955
      • By evasive MBG & contributors
      • Admins: MONTANABIKERMAN, evasive, wyomont, MBG, BikeHelena, wyomont
      • #14034 - 19,079 views

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