Mt. Helena Ridge

Type: Backcountry
Length: 5.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Other stock
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

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Location: Rocky Mountains, Trailhead in Helena at west end of Adams St, joins to Grizzly Gulch Road.
States: Montana
Counties: Lewis & Clark
Latitude: 46.58764   Longitude: -112.04977

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This trail offers a moderate challenge to hikers, but offers excellent, continually changing, vistas of the country just east of the Continental Divide. The northern end of the trail ties into the extensive trail system of Mount Helena City Park on the southern edge of Montana's state capital, Helena. The proximity of the trail allows hikers to literally hike from their hotel rooms in downtown Helena right into the Helena National Forest. With a shuttle to the south terminus of the trail, the Park City trailhead, a hiker can walk most of the 5.7 mile hike down the ridge line into the City Park. This trail is most popular with hikers and mountain bikers.

Additional Details

Width: 12 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 5,000
Elevation High Point: 5,800
Year Designated: 1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Kurt Cuneo
Helena National Forest
2001 Popular
Helena , MT 59601
(406) 449-5490



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