Mt. Helena Ridge

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Trail Distance: 5.7 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hrs 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Unknown
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Unknown
Description

Helena, Montana’s capital, is home to miles and miles of trails. One of the most pupular hikes in this neck of the woods is Mt. Helena Ridge. This trail is perfect for spending some quality time with your pooch while also enjoying puptacular views of the mountainous area.

While the northern part of the trail connects to the Mount Helena City Park, the main trailhead is about five miles south of Helena in Park City. Depending on how long your pup wants to hike, you’ve got a couple options. If your pal is full of energy and in pawsome health, enjoy the trail as an out and back route. If you want to cut down on mileage, arrange for a drop off and pick up at the trailheads. Of course, you can also hike part of the trail if you are short on time.

As you may have guessed by the trail’s name, it traverses the ridge of Mount Helena. To get to the ridge, your doggo can expect an incline during the first section of the trail. From there, the trail dips and climbs as it follows the backbone of the mountain. You’ll pass through forests, open meadows, and grassy fields. If you’re lucky, you’ll hit the trail when the wildflowers are in full bloom. There is also plenty of wildlife sneaking around the forest, so watch for deer, elk, and coyote.

Dogs must be leashed when within 100 yards of the trail and while in the parking lots, but as long as they are under voice control, you can unclip the leash once you start your hike. Since this area is extremely pupular with mountain bikers, take extra care if you decide to let your pup roam free. Make sure your water bottles are full to the brim before setting off. No bones about it, Mt. Helena Ridge will make your pup’s tail wag!

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, Loose Terrain
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail begins and ends with an elevation of over 5,000 feet. Take extra breaks if you need to adjust to the altitude.
Address
5051 Prospector Gulch Road
Park City, MT 59601
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Address
5051 Prospector Gulch Road
Park City, MT 59601
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset