Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00 Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Other stock
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
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Location: Rocky Mountains, Trailhead in Helena at west end of Adams St, joins to Grizzly Gulch Road.
Counties: Lewis & Clark
The Mount Helena Ridge Trail is accessible from the Mount Helena City Park and the Park City Trailhead located on the Helena National Forest. Access the trailhead by traveling about 5 miles south of Helena on the Grizzly Gulch Road and turn west on Forest Service Road #647.
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.
Width: 12 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted
Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: 5,000
Elevation High Point: 5,800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1979
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: USFS Trail Details
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