Hiking Helena, Montana

The sun is shining.  The birds are singing.  It’s time to get out and enjoy Helena’s South Hills Trail System.  morehelenahikesWhether you’re a hiker or a mountain biker, Helena’s trails can’t be beat.  There literally is a single track at the end of every street.

This weekend I took advantage of Helena’s trails and when I do this, it always reminds me to be thankful of the beautiful place I live AND organizations such as the Prickly Pear Land Trust that help assure we all have access.   Helena, Montana is a wonderful place to visit if you’re after some great trail riding, running or hiking.

Saturday’s hike took me on a little longer than I had anticipated because I decided not to consult a map.  I know the trails pretty well and don’t think I can get lost.  I didn’t get lost, but I didn’t expect an eight-mile venture.  I look the Prickly Pear Trail to the Archery Range Trail and then took the Entertainment Trail to the summit of Mt. Ascension before descending via the 2006 Trail.  It was a bit of a cloudy day but it was warmer and great to be out in the fresh Montana air.

The Elkhorn Range from Mount Ascension. Helena, MT

The Elkhorn Range from Mount Ascension. Helena, MT

On Sunday, I decided to mix up my usual loop and took the Eddye McClure Trail.  This is not a trail I often do because it takes a little more effort to get to the trailhead, but it’s still less than a mile from home.  Helena’s Trail Rider program does offer shuttles to the Eddye McClure Trail and several other trailheads throughout the summer months.  Be sure to check out the complete Trail Rider Schedule. Sunday offered beautiful blue skies and I was able to capture some great images of Helena and the trails.

This is only the beginning of the hiking and biking season here in Helena and we’re bound to have a few flakes to slow things down a bit, but the trails are waiting for you!  We hope that you’re able to visit Helena and take advantage of our network of over 70 miles of trails.

If you’d like to view other sample hikes, click here.  We even list some great family friendly hikes.

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