1.3 miles
Distance
850 ft
Climb
-44 ft
Descent
00:10:57
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Prospect Shafts Trail

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year-round
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
  • 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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    806 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,342 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,160 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,354 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,160 ft
  • Grade
    11.862%
  • Grade max
    -42.308%
  • Grade min
    60.178%
  • Distance climb
    5,169 ft
  • Distance down
    400 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,217 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:57
  • Avg reverse time
    01:35:44
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Status:
on Apr 7, 2017
Dry
Avg: 3 (2 votes)

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Prospect Shafts... Trail Reports

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Apr 7, 2017 @ 7:04am
Apr 7, 2017
reporter
Mar 27, 2017 @ 7:10am
Mar 27, 2017
reporter Trails are drying out fast at the end of March
Mar 26, 2017 @ 6:05pm
Mar 26, 2017
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Mar 23, 2017 @ 9:13am
Mar 23, 2017
reporter Some trails are drying up, but use your head.
Mar 23, 2017 @ 9:08am
Mar 23, 2017
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Mar 28, 2017 @ 11:33am
Mar 28, 2017
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Mar 28, 2017 @ 11:33am
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May 24, 2016 @ 3:54pm
May 24, 2016
Prospect Shafts Trail
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May 24, 2016 @ 3:53pm
May 24, 2016
Prospect Shafts Trail

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Montana Enduro Series: Helenduro 2016 race
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