1.3 miles
Distance
823 ft
Climb
-4 ft
Descent
00:29:53
Avg time
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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
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Year-round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #36085 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    City of Helena

Prospect Shafts is a fall-line trail on the shoulder of Mount Helena. It is a brutal climb due to the increasing grade and consistently loose substrate of limestone rubble. This also makes it a loose and sketchy downhill. The east-facing aspect, lack of canopy cover, and underlying geology makes this the most reliably dry trail around Helena. You may have to carry your bike to get there, but as long as it's not buried under snow, this trail is dry.

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More Stats for Prospect Shafts Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    819 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,343 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,163 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,344 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,164 ft
  • Grade
    12.3%
  • Grade max
    -7.4%
  • Grade min
    48.7%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    325 ft
  • Distance flat
    243 ft
  • Avg time
    00:29:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:10:12
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Status:
on May 2, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 3.5 (6 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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      Prospect Shafts... Trail Reports

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      May 2, 2021 @ 12:21pm
      May 2, 2021
      reporter
      Mar 25, 2021 @ 11:09am
      Mar 25, 2021
      reporter Trails may be frozen early, but they need more time to dry.
      Jan 7, 2021 @ 2:45pm
      Jan 7, 2021
      reporter 1-2" of wet snow on 1/7/21
      Dec 13, 2020 @ 11:16am
      Dec 13, 2020
      reporter Skiff of new snow
      Nov 27, 2020 @ 6:35pm
      Nov 27, 2020
      reporter Mostly dry trail with isolated banks of crusty snow or ice.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 4 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 168 rides
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      Photos

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      18 |
      Aug 6, 2019 @ 9:06am
      Aug 6, 2019
      19 |
      Jul 18, 2019 @ 9:24am
      Jul 18, 2019
      733 |
      May 16, 2017 @ 6:41am
      May 16, 2017
      68 |
      Mar 28, 2017 @ 11:33am
      Mar 28, 2017

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