Mt Helena Ridge Trail




Written by

Tim Lynch

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.1 miles


4 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

2-4 Hours


The Mt Helena Ridge Trail is a jewel of the Helena South Hills Trail System.  It encompasses rugged, sage brush hillsides, vast high meadows with abundant balsam root flowers and rocky descents that will blow your hair back.  The trail can be started on Mt Helena (north end) or on the south end 5 miles up Grizzly Gulch Road.  During the summer months a shuttle is offered by the local Downtown Helena business community which takes you from the Women's Mural (across from The Base Camp) to the southern trailhead.  From the southern trailhead, this beautifully varied ridge line trail stretches 7 miles back to town.  
A short climb from the trailhead south of town lifts you to the "ridge" and all its beauty.  Winding in and out of the timber, you will witness the Continental Divide, Scratchgravel Hills, Great Divide Ski Area, the Big Belt Mountains, Mt Ascension, the Elkhorn Mountains, Lake Helena, Helena Regulating Reservoir and Hauser Lake.  Beginning from the southern end of the trail, you will enjoy a mostly downhill hike/ride with a few short climbs intermixed.
There are a number of locations along the ridge to descend  and vary the terrain and time of the trip back to Helena.  
Please refer to the Prickly Pear Land Trust South Hills Trail Map for a variety of options in addition to the Mt Helena Ridge Trail.
Available at The Base Camp
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Mt Helena Ridge Trail

Helena, MT,
46.542595, -112.12026

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