5.7 miles
2,839 ft
-1,671 ft
Avg time
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  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    May - November
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Hanging Valley is a classic Helena ride. It features a steep climb with a lot of water bars to the Magpie Divide, where you turn left and continue to climb to the rim of Hanging Valley. From that point, there is a steep descent into Hanging Valley, which becomes unrideable at a point which varies according to skill. The very bottom of Hanging Valley provides a cliff-edge view into Trout Creek Canyon below. The climb out of Hanging Valley is steep, and is likely to include some hike-a-bike.

Access Info

The Hanging Valley trailhead is located in the Vigilante Campground loop. The campground is located at the end of the Trout Creek Road, eight miles past York.

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More Stats for Hanging Valley Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,168 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,459 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.3 miles
  • Altitude start
    4,459 ft
  • Altitude end
    1.1 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3.6 miles
  • Distance down
    1.8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,190 ft
  • Avg time
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