6 miles
Distance
2,701 ft
Climb
-1,537 ft
Descent
01:57:05
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Hanging Valley Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    York
    Helena, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #247
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    May - November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #10346 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,164 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,413 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,828 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,413 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,576 ft
  • Grade
    3.742%
  • Grade max
    -189.742%
  • Grade min
    46.456%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    669 ft
  • Avg time
    01:57:05
  • Avg reverse time
    01:38:33
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Status:
on May 26, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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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
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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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
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • 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
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Hanging Valley Trail Trail Reports

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      May 26, 2020 @ 5:01pm
      May 26, 2020
      The only place you will find mud or snow is right at the end in between the cliffs, and most people don't ride this section anyway. There are...
      May 4, 2020 @ 1:50pm
      May 4, 2020
      reporter Trail is clear other than a couple patches of snow for the climb up. Once you start heading down snow gets to be thick/not worth it.
      Jul 20, 2019 @ 6:30pm
      Jul 20, 2019
      reporter
      Trail is clear of trees. Watch for some thick brush in the first two miles.
      Jul 11, 2019 @ 7:39am
      Jul 11, 2019
      reporter
      Trail clear to intersection with Magpie Gulch.
      May 10, 2019 @ 7:18pm
      May 10, 2019
      8-10 trees down, 10-20” diameter lodge pole. Trail is dry 2 miles up to the ridge.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 1 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
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