1 miles
Distance
285 ft
Climb
-559 ft
Descent
00:07:47
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Waterline Trail

Waterline Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    South Hills
    Helena, Montana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    Jan - Dec
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #17261 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager
    City of Helena

The Waterline Trail is the flattest trail in Helena, as it runs along the grade of an old water supply line. The grade slopes very slightly to the north, towards town. It is a favorite with beginner riders, walkers, and trail runners.

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More Stats for Waterline Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -274 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,297 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,572 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,572 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,299 ft
  • Grade
    -3.896%
  • Grade max
    -116.954%
  • Grade min
    46.252%
  • Distance climb
    2,324 ft
  • Distance down
    3,251 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,449 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:47
  • Avg reverse time
    00:07:51
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Status:
on Sep 2, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 4.4 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • popular
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Waterline Trail Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 103 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 596 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      3 |
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 2:46pm
      Sep 21, 2019
      1 |
      Aug 5, 2019 @ 2:19pm
      Aug 5, 2019
      6 |
      Sep 10, 2018 @ 7:24am
      Sep 10, 2018
      10 |
      Sep 10, 2018 @ 7:20am
      Sep 10, 2018

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag lyophilization (Apr 17, 2017 at 15:43)
       I took this as a easy way back to the car after a long ride and really enjoyed it. The grade is barely downhill, so you pedal most of the way, but you've mostly got good views and straight trail that you can cruise down. I wouldn't expect anything great, but if you want a chill cruise back down the hill, it's not bad.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Jbabich (Sep 1, 2019 at 19:13)
       I was told this is the easiest trail near town and that is likely true, but just bear in mind, if you have any fear of heights, which may affect only a small portion of mountain bikers, this has a significant drop off the side. I’m a newbie and it scared me a bit.
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