Outdoor enthusiasts are now able to rock climb the face of Mount Helena, in addition to hiking the trails available around Mount Helena City Park. In 2017, a group of rock climbers worked with the City of Helena to make this new excursion possible. Mount Helena is the first city-owned park in Montana with established rock climbing.
The climbing walls are located about 1-mile from the parking area above Reeder’s Village on the 1906 Trail. They provide a range of difficulties and heights from 60 to 120 feet. Click here for more information on climbing routes.
We recommend new climbers first get instruction before attempting one of the Mount Helena rock walls. Check out Stonetree Climbing Center in Helena, they offer first-timer instruction courses. Going with an experienced climber and using safety equipment including ropes, harnesses and helmets are also a must. Climbing shoes can be rented at The Base Camp located in Downtown Helena, just minutes from the 1906 trailhead.
Photos by Ken Mergenthaler.