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Mt. Helena Ridge

The Mount Helena Ridge Trail is located only a short distance from the city of Helena, Montana and is connected to the Mount Helena City Park. The Mount Helena Ridge Trail is 5.9 miles long. The trail begins at a trailhead near Park City, approximately 5 miles south of Helena.

photo: View from Mt. Helena. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

Length: 5.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Camping
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.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Lewis & Clark
Longitude: -112.04977
Latitude: 46.58764

Driving Directions

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.

Description

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%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: 5,000
Elevation High Point: 5,800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

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
kcuneo@fs.fed.us
http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/helena

 

Photos

Mt. Helena Trail. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

Mt. Helena Trail. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

View from Mt. Helena. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

View from Mt. Helena. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

 

Mt. Helena Airport from Mt. Helena. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

Mt. Helena Airport from Mt. Helena. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

Devils kitchen Mt. Helena. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

Devils kitchen Mt. Helena. Photo by RCraig09 wiki.

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