MTBProject.com has also done a great job with uploading some of Helena's Iconic rides. The Helena Ridge Ride, Rodney Ridge: Top of the World, Mount Ascension to Entertainment and the Scratchgravels make the list of the top four featured rides in Helena. Check out the directional tips and images at MTBProject.com today!
Trailforks is a mountain biking trail database and management system, supplemented with Pinkbike content. Helena's local Montana Bicycle Guild group has worked to populate this site with Helena's best riding. Helena's South Hills trail system is the beginning of the fun, but only the beginning! With McMaster Hills, the Great Divide, and Strawberry Butte all in the area, your rides are limitless. Welcome to Helena!
Download the Avenza Maps app today and search for the Helena South Hills Trail Map to get your smartphone compatible map today! For $3.99 you get the digital version of the map with the ability to record your movements as GPS tracks, measure distances, and add placemarks and plot photos. Thanks Prickly Pear Land Trust.
Local GIS Maps
Map navigation tips: By clicking on a route, you will be presented with a trail difficulty rating, trail mileage, trail surface, trail condition as well as a video (if available) of riders riding on the selected trail.
Trail Rating: The Trail Rating on this map is generated using the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Difficulty Rating System. The online map is a collaborative project by: Lewis & Clark County/City of Helena GIS, City of Helena Parks & Recreation, Prickly Pear Land Trust and Bike Helena.
More Trail Info
If you are driving to recreate in the South Hills Trail System, please park at a trailhead with a designated parking area. A list of these can be found here at this link.
Please note that there are some areas of the South Hills Trail System that do not receive cell coverage.
CITY OF HELENA PARKS AND OPEN SPACE LANDS
- Open to biking and hiking.
- Closed to motorized vehicles and horses.
- No shooting or hunting.
- No overnight camping.
- Keep dogs on leash when they are within 100 yards of trailheads or parking lots.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE LANDS
- Open to use by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
- Closed to motorized vehicles.
- Trails are open to hunting. However, many trails have special weapons restrictions (only archery, shotgun, traditional handgun, muzzleloader or crossbows are allowed). Check with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks for more information.
Whenever you’re on the trails, yield to others appropriately:
- Bikers yield to hikers and horses.
- Hikers yield to horses.
- If you encounter a horse, step downhill when yielding the right of way.