1.5 miles
Distance
2 ft
Climb
-799 ft
Descent
00:06:15
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Show-Me-The-Horse Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    South Hills
    Helena, Montana
  • Ref Number
    #378
  • AKA
    Horse Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Snow Grooming
    Backcountry
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, CX, Gravel
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    April - November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #4370 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57478 in Trail Running
    • #37754 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Show-Me-The-Horse is Helena's most popular downhill trail. It starts in open meadows, drops into open ponderosa pine forest, and ends in a tight, wooded gully. The trail empties onto Grizzly Gulch Road, and watch for traffic when exiting. It is not formally directional, and is multi-use, so be on the lookout for trail runners or hikers. There is no parking available at the bottom.

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More Stats for Show-Me-The-Horse Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -799 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,467 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,265 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,265 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,465 ft
  • Grade
    -10.2%
  • Grade max
    -28%
  • Grade min
    3%
  • Distance climb
    98 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    292 ft
  • Avg time
    00:06:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:29:43
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Status:
on Jul 27, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.75 (17 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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      ... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 27, 2022 @ 8:35pm
      Jul 27, 2022
      reporter
      MBG volunteers widened the trail in the upper meadow where turf was encroaching.
      Jul 17, 2022 @ 9:06am
      Jul 17, 2022
      reporter
      May 2, 2022 @ 5:04pm
      May 2, 2022
      May 2, 2022 @ 5:04pm
      May 2, 2022
      May 1, 2022 @ 12:45pm
      May 1, 2022
      As good as it gets.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 9 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 251 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,308 rides
      • Last: Aug 7, 2022

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      Jul 12, 2022 @ 11:20am
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      Sep 18, 2019 @ 10:36am
      Sep 18, 2019
      123 |
      Jul 1, 2018 @ 10:35am
      Jul 1, 2018
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      May 26, 2016 @ 9:46am
      May 26, 2016

      Trail Events

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      MT36 (Jan 11, 2022 at 16:07)
      Overall great trail. Like so many other trails here though, it would be nice to not spend so much time maching straight down the fall line, riding the brakes, eating up all that vertical you just earned. Some more effective use of natural features, more supported turns and some opportunities for air would make this trail epic.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Zgriff71 (Dec 15, 2020 at 10:35)
      Can I get an update on this trail as of 12/15? Thanks!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      evasive MBG (Dec 15, 2020 at 11:13)
      Check for the most recent condition report.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Zgriff71 (Dec 17, 2020 at 10:49)
      I did thanks, I just wasn't sure if anything had changed since we got this warmer weather.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Kory-King (Jul 20, 2020 at 8:58)
      Its a good trail and all but the best in Montana... basically all the downhill parts of the Bangtail Divide trail were much better than this trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      HAMMR412 (Sep 18, 2019 at 10:34)
      Always fun, nothing too technical to be worried about, rather docile, and very beautiful!

      If you like trails that kick your butt, then this is a great beginner trail.
      [Reply]





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