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The Best Hiking in Helena

Looking for the best hiking in Helena? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Helena. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Helena

  • Helena, Montana

    1906 Trail

    3 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Located just outside of Helena, the 1906 Trail starts at the Mt Helena Parking Lot. The path is wide enough to share with hikers, trail runners, or mountain bikers. Note: this is an uphill-only trail for mountain biking. It's a very popular trail due to its wide trail and awesome views from the t...
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  • Helena, Montana

    Prairie and 1906 Trail Loop

    2.98 mi / 860 ft gain
    Prairie and 1906 Trail Loop is a loop trail located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Prospect Shaft Trail

    2.4 mi / 800 ft gain
    The Prospect Shaft Trail is a lightly used trail used to reach the summit of Mt Helena. The trail is rated as a 'moderate' trail due to its steep, loose, rocky surface. Due to these characteristics, it's rarely used for mountain biking and primarily used for hiking and trail running.  The views a...
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  • Helena, Montana

    Mt Helena Via Powerline Trail

    1.77 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Mt Helena Via Powerline Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Mount Helena Ridge Trail via 1906 Trail

    7.4 mi / 2172 ft gain
    Mount Helena Ridge Trail via 1906 Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Mount Helena via Prospect Shafts Trail and Hogback Trail

    3.13 mi / 1079 ft gain
    Mount Helena via Prospect Shafts Trail and Hogback Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Dry Gulch Short Loop

    3.46 mi / 499 ft gain
    Dry Gulch Short Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Mount Ascension

    3 mi / 950 ft gain
    Mount Ascension is a popular trail in Helena. It's used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. It can be accessed year-round, but can get icy and slippery during the winter.  The path for Mount Ascension is a network of trails that that can be done as an out-and-back, or a lollipop trail...
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  • Helena, Montana

    Rodney Ridge Trail

    2.6 mi / 300 ft gain
    With it's easy access from Rodney Street, Rodney Ridge Trail is a locals favorite. The trail heads up the ridge and provides fantastic views of Helena below.  The trail is rated as moderate, and is used primarily for mountain biking and hiking. Dogs are allowed, so, you'll most like encounter a 4...
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  • Helena, Montana

    Waterline and Rodney Ridge Loop

    3.26 mi / 531 ft gain
    Waterline and Rodney Ridge Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Emmett's Trail and Mini Ridge Loop

    3.21 mi / 958 ft gain
    Emmett's Trail and Mini Ridge Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Wakina Sky Trail

    3.62 mi / 778 ft gain
    Wakina Sky Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Mount Helena Ridge Trail from Prospector Road Trailhead

    7.39 mi / 965 ft gain
    Mount Helena Ridge Trail from Prospector Road Trailhead is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Helena, Montana.
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  • Clancy, Montana

    Willard Creek Trail

    3.9 mi / 453 ft gain
    Willard Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Clancy, Montana.
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  • Clancy, Montana

    Willard Creek, Trail 301, and East Fork Loop

    12.18 mi / 2572 ft gain
    Willard Creek, Trail 301, and East Fork Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Clancy, Montana.
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  • Helena, Montana

    Continental Divide Trail: MacDonald Pass to Priest Pass

    5.0
    10.8 mi / 2500 ft gain
    The CDT trail is a popular trail with thru-hikers, and is considered one of the three Crown Jewels. The Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail being the other two.  This section of the Continental Divide Trail starts 25-minutes to the West of Helena just off Highway 12 at the CDNST Trailhe...
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