2.7 miles
Distance
713 ft
Climb
-434 ft
Descent
00:42:00
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
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    April - November
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop
  • Global Ranking
    #6178 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57443 in Trail Running
    • #12478 in Hiking
    • #3392 in Skiing
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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 upper third of the Mount Helena Ridge Trail ends at the junction with Mini Ridge and Emmett's Trail. This is the steepest and most heavily forested part of the trail, and the last to open in the spring.

Access Info

Ride or drive south out of Helena via Park Avenue, which turns into West Main Street. At the fork in the road, turn right onto Grizzly Gulch. Drive up Grizzly Gulch, past the gold mine, into the open park. Turn right onto Prospector Gulch Road. This junction is marked by a road sign, a sign towards the trailhead, and several mailboxes. Helena's Trail Rider shuttle service drops passengers here during the summer. Continue up Prospector Gulch Road to the trailhead parking lot.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Mount Helena Ridge Trail (Upper) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    277 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,223 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,822 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,223 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,499 ft
  • Grade
    1.9%
  • Grade max
    -33.4%
  • Grade min
    41.2%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4,140 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,007 ft
  • Avg time
    00:42:00
  • Avg reverse time
    00:37:02
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on Aug 29, 2021
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      Mount Helena... Trail Reports

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      Aug 29, 2021 @ 12:20pm
      Aug 29, 2021
      reporter
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:07am
      Aug 2, 2021
      Nice trail over all. Climb at first pays off on decent. Thank you to shuttle provided by Helena and Vigilante.
      Jul 21, 2021 @ 6:19pm
      Jul 21, 2021
      reporter
      Jul 17, 2021 @ 8:01pm
      Jul 17, 2021
      reporter Dusty dry everywhere
      Jul 4, 2021 @ 10:23am
      Jul 4, 2021
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