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.
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.
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More Stats for Mount Helena Ridge Trail - Upper mountain bike trail
Altitude change297 ft
Altitude min5,209 ft
Altitude max5,830 ft
Altitude start5,209 ft
Altitude end5,506 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down4,761 ft
Distance flat182 ft
Avg reverse time00:25:55
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Mount Helena... Trail Reports
Jun 30, 2018 @ 8:07amJun 30, 2018
May 16, 2018 @ 7:01amMay 16, 2018
May 3, 2018 @ 4:49pmMay 3, 2018
|A few snow drifts remaining, but mostly clear.|
Apr 26, 2018 @ 7:10pmApr 26, 2018
|Dry from parking lot to top of switchbacks, then snow covered and unridable from top of switchbacks to first junction (Emmets).|
Apr 16, 2018 @ 7:03amApr 16, 2018
Routes with this trail
|Mount Helena Ridge - Hogsback - Horse||13 miles|
|Mount Helena Ridge - Emmett's - Horse||11 miles|
|Mount Helena Ridge to Show-Me-the-Horse||6 miles|
|Freehub Magazine: Helena Ridge Trail to Show Me the Horse||6 miles|
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