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!