1.4 miles
Distance
36 ft
Climb
-261 ft
Descent
00:10:20
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    South Hills
    Helena, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #373
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, CX, Gravel
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop
  • Global Ranking
    #13793 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    USFS

*The middle portion of the Mount Helena Ridge Trail runs from Mini Ridge Trail to Show-Me-The-Horse Trail.*

The Mount Helena Ridge Trail is the centerpiece of Helena's South Hills trail network. It runs for nearly six miles from the community of Park City to the Mount Helena City Park. It offers great views of the Helena Valley in either direction. The Ridge Trail also provides access to two popular downhills: Emmett's Trail and Show-Me-The-Horse Trail.

The trail starts with a climb of approximately 600' in 1.5 miles from the trailhead parking lot. This is the rockiest part of the trail, and the part that beginners or less-skilled intermediate riders will find challenging. From the top of the ridge, the trail tread is much smoother, and there is very little climbing ahead. The trail drops into a saddle via a series of switchbacks, and has a short, loose climb out of the saddle. From here, the trail is more open and follows the ridgeline. This is a great trail for all abilities, although advanced riders will prefer to exit onto one of the two downhills mentioned above.

Access Info

The middle Ridge Trail is commonly accessed either from the Park City Trail Head or from Mini Ridge

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Mount Helena Ridge Trail (Middle) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -230 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,269 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,499 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,499 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,269 ft
  • Grade
    -3.1%
  • Grade max
    -25.8%
  • Grade min
    6.4%
  • Distance climb
    1,785 ft
  • Distance down
    4,560 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,125 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:20
  • Avg reverse time
    00:16:32
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on Jul 21, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 4.5 (10 votes)

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      Jul 21, 2021 @ 6:19pm
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      Jul 17, 2021 @ 8:01pm
      Jul 17, 2021
      reporter Dusty dry everywhere
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      May 28, 2021 @ 7:11am
      May 28, 2021
      reporter The recent snow was just what trails needed.
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