1.3 miles
Distance
647 ft
Climb
-76 ft
Descent
00:25:02
Avg time

Prairie Trail Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • 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
    No
  • 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
    571 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,522 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,094 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,522 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,094 ft
  • Grade
    8.065%
  • Grade max
    -27.998%
  • Grade min
    53.684%
  • Distance climb
    4,460 ft
  • Distance down
    1,054 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,544 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:02
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:43
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Status:
on May 26, 2017
Dry
Avg: 2.5 (3 votes)

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Prairie Trail Trail Reports

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May 26, 2017 @ 7:18am
May 26, 2017
reporter We cleared a downed tree near the bottom of the switchbacks.
Apr 7, 2017 @ 7:04am
Apr 7, 2017
reporter
Mar 15, 2017 @ 11:13am
Mar 15, 2017
reporter With warm conditions, trails are muddy in many places. Use caution and restraint.
Mar 13, 2017 @ 4:44pm
Mar 13, 2017
reporter Snow is melting in areas- watch for muddy patches
Mar 13, 2017 @ 7:06am
Mar 13, 2017
reporter Hard packed slush is riding well in the early shoulder season.
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Oct 21, 2014 @ 7:32am
Oct 21, 2014
Prairie Trail, Helena

1 Review & Comments

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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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