4,882 ft
Distance
283 ft
Climb
-39 ft
Descent
00:13:14
Avg time

Mt Ascension Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    South Hills
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, CX, Gravel
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #32103 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Year Opened
    2010
  • Land Manager
    City of Helena

The Mount Ascension Loop Trail runs along a densely wooded slope on the north side of Mount Ascension. The trees are tighter here than on any other trail in the South Hills, so watch your bars. After the trail crosses the Mount Ascension Ridge and into a south-facing slope, it opens up considerably and rolls along a more open hillside in lazy switchbacks that climb to the saddle.

The Mount Ascension Loop trail offers an alternative way to the top of Mount Ascension and the Entertainment Trail. it is longer but milder than climbing 2006. It runs from the fourth switchback on the 2006 trail, and rejoins it at the saddle behind Mount Ascension. The Loop Trail also intersects the Eddy McClure Trail just below the saddle.

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More Stats for Mt Ascension Loop bike trail
  • Altitude change
    244 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,953 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,213 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,969 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,213 ft
  • Grade
    5%
  • Grade max
    -8.1%
  • Grade min
    37.7%
  • Distance climb
    3,425 ft
  • Distance down
    922 ft
  • Distance flat
    495 ft
  • Avg time
    00:13:14
  • Avg reverse time
    00:11:50
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Status:
on Nov 27, 2020
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 3.35 (3 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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  • < 50%
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  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • 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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      Mt Ascension Loop Trail Reports

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      Nov 27, 2020 @ 6:35pm
      Nov 27, 2020
      reporter Mostly dry trail with isolated banks of crusty snow or ice.
      Nov 8, 2020 @ 8:52am
      Nov 8, 2020
      reporter 4" of wet snow on 11/8
      Oct 19, 2020 @ 8:51am
      Oct 19, 2020
      reporter First snow of 2020/2021
      Oct 19, 2020 @ 8:46am
      Oct 19, 2020
      reporter First snow of 2020/2021
      Oct 19, 2020 @ 7:56am
      Oct 19, 2020
      reporter First snow of 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 82 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      All
      • 605 rides
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      Photos

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      35 |
      Apr 20, 2020 @ 12:43pm
      Apr 20, 2020
      37 |
      Oct 4, 2018 @ 7:13am
      Oct 4, 2018
      18 |
      Sep 10, 2018 @ 2:03pm
      Sep 10, 2018
      245 |
      Oct 26, 2014 @ 2:49pm
      Oct 26, 2014

      Routes with this trail

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      Upper Mount A Nordic Tour
      4 miles
      All Them Ridges
      24 miles
      Upper Mount Ascension
      3 miles

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