6 miles
Distance
2,839 ft
Climb
-1,671 ft
Descent
02:09:35
Avg time
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Details

  • Riding area
    York
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    May - November
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Hanging Valley Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,168 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,459 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,833 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,459 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,627 ft
  • Grade
    3.878%
  • Grade max
    -191.739%
  • Grade min
    47.514%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,190 ft
  • Avg time
    02:09:35
  • Avg reverse time
    01:21:17
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on Nov 1, 2017
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Hanging Valley Trail Trail Reports

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Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:24am
Nov 1, 2017
reporter First real snowfall of 2017/18
Sep 18, 2017 @ 1:00pm
Sep 18, 2017
Sep 16, 2017 @ 11:37am
Sep 16, 2017
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Jul 26, 2017 @ 9:06pm
Jul 26, 2017
A few dozen trees down.....including a huge tree at the overlook
Jul 3, 2017 @ 4:34pm
Jul 3, 2017
About 10 trees down - all are easy to bypass.
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