4,534 ft
Distance
240 ft
Climb
-43 ft
Descent
00:18:37
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
    South Hills
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, CX, Gravel
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    April - November
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #36448 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    City of Helena

The Prairie Trail has two distinct zones. The upper zone runs through a steep, densely timbered slope. Watch your handlebars! There are many tight switchbacks, and the tree gaps are tight. The lower zone runs across the front of Mount Helena, through open meadows and isolated stands of trees. This part of Mount Helena is very popular with hikers and dog walkers, as it is adjacent to residential neighborhoods. Please ride with care.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Prairie Trail - Lower bike trail
  • Altitude change
    197 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,513 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,711 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,513 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,711 ft
  • Grade
    4.349%
  • Grade max
    -12.45%
  • Grade min
    17.087%
  • Distance climb
    3,397 ft
  • Distance down
    1,108 ft
  • Distance flat
    29 ft
  • Avg time
    00:18:37
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:44
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Status:
on Oct 25, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • 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 or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Prairie Trail -... Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:04pm
      Oct 25, 2018
      reporter
      Sep 27, 2018 @ 12:30pm
      Sep 27, 2018
      Sep 20, 2018 @ 2:16pm
      Sep 20, 2018
      Nice and tacky from recent precip
      Jul 14, 2018 @ 5:59pm
      Jul 14, 2018
      Jun 25, 2018 @ 9:09am
      Jun 25, 2018
      Rare damp spots in shaded areas.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 17 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 142 rides
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      Oct 21, 2014 @ 7:32am
      Oct 21, 2014
      Prairie Trail - Lower

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag lyophilization (Apr 17, 2017 at 15:46)
       Call me a sally, but I hate this trail. The bottom is great, but the top is graded terribly. As a downhill, it would be great, but as an up hill it's just too steep. Especially if you want to call this a blue.
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