19 miles
Distance
4,446 ft
Climb
-4,785 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

South Hills trails will remain open to the public, so encountering other trail users is always a possibility.

The 9th annual Helenduro is the biggest route in the South Hills yet! Make sure your legs are warmed up and ready for a 19-mile tour of Helena's backyard.

Stage 1: Do you know the fastest way around a switchback? Eddye McClure East will give you a 12-pack of chances to figure it out. After Stage 1 you'll climb Eddye McClure West, the Mount Ascension Loop Trail and Entertainment Trail onto the summit of Mount Ascension.

Stage 2: This is a Helena classic: Entertainment Trail all the way down to Davis Gulch. Watch for some tight trees and some high-speed off-camber turns. From the road, cross over to Rodney Meadow Trail, and climb Rent Money to the crest of the ridge.

Stage 3: Descend Pinchot and TR trails down to Orofino Gulch. Watch out for some flat turns in lower Pinchot, a sharp turn at the junction, and a tight chicane on TR. Be sure to enjoy the wide open banked turns. From Orofino Gulch, cross the bridge on Evans Trail and climb over to the Wakina Sky Road. Continue up the road onto the singletrack to Wakina Sky Meadow.

Stage 4: Descend Wakina Sky Trail. This one is fast, tight, and flowy. Watch out for the first turn; it comes up pretty quickly. At the bottom, cross the bridge onto Grizzly Gulch Road, and head downhill for a couple hundred yards to Mini Ridge.
(The Junior course ends at this point.)
Climb Mini Ridge to the Mount Helena Ridge Trail, and enjoy the transfer along the Ridge. Continue on West End and 1906 trails to the top of Mount Helena. Some pushing might be required by this point.

Stage 5: Descend Hogsback, Prospect Shafts, Hanging Draw, Dump Out, and McKelvey trails. This stage is steep, loose, and rocky. Be prepared for some moderate exposure between Hanging Draw and Dump Out.
** Juniors are not timed on Stage 5

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Route Sections

1 Stage 1
  • 1 miles distance
  • 39 ft climb
  • -486 ft descent
2 Stage 2
  • 2 miles distance
  • 127 ft climb
  • -950 ft descent
3 Stage 3
  • 1 miles distance
  • 54 ft climb
  • -583 ft descent
4 Stage 4
  • 4,561 ft distance
  • 36 ft climb
  • -450 ft descent
5 Stage 5
  • 2 miles distance
  • 68 ft climb
  • -1,208 ft descent

Details

  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Helenduro 2017 mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -339 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,283 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,622 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,283 ft
  • Grade
    -0.339%
  • Grade max
    -54.853%
  • Grade min
    40.249%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,632 ft
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      Helenduro Stage 3 Course Preview
      Helenduro Stage 3 Course Preview
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      May 12, 2017
      TJ and Tony preview the 2017 Helenduro Stage 3. @FlyRacing
      Helenduro Stage 2 Course Preview
      Helenduro Stage 2 Course Preview
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      May 12, 2017
      TJ and Tony preview the Helenduro Stage 2. @FlyRacing
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      trail: Rent Money
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      Apr 27, 2016
      A little early run on Rent Money to check conditions... not quite there yet!

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      Entertainment Trail
      Jan 16, 2019 @ 1:04pm
      14 hours
      Mt Ascension Loop
      Jan 13, 2019 @ 2:05pm
      Jan 13, 2019
      Snow covered with dry spots.
      Dump Out Trail
      Jan 7, 2019 @ 2:19pm
      Jan 7, 2019
      Mostly clear of snow on South side.
      Mini Ridge Trail
      Jan 7, 2019 @ 8:38am
      Jan 7, 2019
      T.R. Trail
      Jan 7, 2019 @ 8:38am
      Jan 7, 2019
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