1 miles
Distance
638 ft
Climb
-49 ft
Descent
00:19:25
Avg time

Prairie Trail Details

  • Riding area
    South Hills
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    April - November
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • 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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    590 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,514 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,103 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,514 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,103 ft
  • Grade
    8.363%
  • Grade max
    -13.152%
  • Grade min
    44.324%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1,073 ft
  • Distance flat
    232 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:25
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:44
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Status:
on Sep 27, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3 (3 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to prairie-trail trailhead (46.589180, -112.054550)
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Prairie Trail Trail Reports

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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.
May 16, 2018 @ 7:01am
May 16, 2018
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Oct 21, 2014 @ 7:32am
Oct 21, 2014
Prairie Trail, Helena

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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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