Helena, Montana

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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

    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

    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

    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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  • Helena, Montana

    Explore Refrigerator Canyon

    0.5 mi / 100 ft gain
    The Refrigerator Canyon Trail is a scenic trail that leads into the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. While this trail goes back for up to 16 miles, for this adventure, we will focus on the first half-mile of the trail. The first half-mile of Refrigerator Canyon Trail is the most scenic and uniq...
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  • Helena, Montana

    Four Wheel Drive and then Hike to Historic Mann Gulch

    2.4 mi / 1535 ft gain
    In 1949, a fire started in a remote area of the Gates of the Mountains wilderness, a gulch east of the Upper Missouri River. Fifteen smokejumpers were dropped in to fight it. Thirteen died. The United States Forest Service drew lessons from the tragedy of the Mann Gulch fire by designing new trai...
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  • Lincoln, Montana

    Hike the Continental Divide Trail via Roger Pass

    2.33 mi / 665 ft gain
    After driving over Rogers Pass more times than I can count, we finally made it a point to stop and check out the Continental Divide Trail No. 440 -- glad we did. If you've driven the pass, you've seen the trail head about 66 miles west of Great Falls -- the wooden stairs off the right side of th...
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  • Deer Lodge, Montana

    Summit Mount Powell

    11.6 mi / 4730 ft gain
    From Interstate 90, exit at Racetrack #195. Continue west for one mile and turn north at a T intersection. Follow the road for about 0.75 mi. to Quinlan Rd. and continue west with a dogleg south for 3.5 mi. Take a sharp right to the north east to a Y and take the left fork. After about 0.07 mi., ...
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  • Butte, Montana

    Hike Maud S. Canyon Loop

    4 mi / 994 ft gain
    Maud S is a great moderately traveled trail that weaves you through dry grassland, forests, and provides you with beautiful mountain views totaling 994 ft of elevation gain. You will find people hiking, running hills, mountain biking, and walking their dogs on this trail. After completing the ste...
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