Riding AreaSouth Hills
Bike TypeAM, XC
DirectionDownhill PrimaryPopular direction shown
Global Ranking#13793 in Mountain Biking
Local Popularity100 in Mountain Biking [+]
- 5 in Trail Running
- 5 in Hiking
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.
The middle portion of the Mount Helena Ridge Trail runs from Mini Ridge to Show-Me-The-Horse.
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
Altitude change-229 ft
Altitude min5,276 ft
Altitude max5,506 ft
Altitude start5,506 ft
Altitude end5,276 ft
Distance climb2,749 ft
Distance down4,773 ft
Avg reverse time00:14:06
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Mount Helena... Trail Reports
Dec 9, 2018 @ 11:18am3 days
Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:07pmOct 25, 2018
|reporter Restoring status to green now that conditions are dry.|
Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:04pmOct 25, 2018
Oct 14, 2018 @ 10:30amOct 14, 2018
|Snow melt, some drifting. Wet and thin mud slime in places.|
Aug 12, 2018 @ 7:09amAug 12, 2018
Routes with this trail
|Mount Helena Ridge - Hogsback - Horse||13 miles|
|Mount Helena Ridge - Emmett's - Horse||11 miles|
|Freehub Magazine: Helena Ridge Trail to Show Me the Horse||6 miles|
|Mount Helena Ridge - 2018 Construction Route featured||8 miles|
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