South Hills Trail System

4.03 out of 5
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↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The South Hills Trail System in Helena, Montana begins literally at the end of almost every street on the south side of town.

This comprehensive 75-mile trail system includes a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of classic, XC/AM trail riding! Stand out trails include the Mount Helena Ridge Trail and Rodney Ridge.

This trail system is complex, with new trails being added regularly. Be sure to pick up a map to help navigate, but do note: trail signs don't always agree with the map, many trails aren't signed, and some trails don't appear on the official map, either. But as long as you're riding down the correct side of the mountain and you end up back in Helena, you're golden!

Helena also runs a free Trail Rider shuttle 5 days a week during the summer that helps cut out most of the climbing to get to these trails. Be sure to take advantage of it!
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (74)
System Trails (74)
Mt Helena Ridge
Rodney Ridge
Eagle Scout Trail
Mt Ascension
Mt Helena
Show Me the Horse
South Dump Gulch
McKelvey Trail
Hanging Dog Trail
Dump Out
Prospect Shafts
West End
Daisy Hill
1906 Trail
Prairie Trail
Road to Mars
Northwest Passage
Acropolis Crest
Wakina Sky
Wakina Ridge
Stairway to Heaven
Wakina Sky Road
Grizzly Gulch Road
Prospector Gulch Road
Barking Dog
East Trail
Black Forest
Oro Fino Gulch Road
Le Grande Cannon Trail
Spring Hill Road
Spring Hill Trail
Arrastra Gulch Road
Dy Gulch Road
Roger Fuchs
Davis Gulch Road
Rodney Meadow
Don't Fence Me In
2006 Trail
Eddye McClure Trails
Tucker Gulch Road
South Hills Road
Holmes Gulch Road
Limekiln Road
Martinez Gulch Road
Arrowroot Drive
Nob Hill
Folf Course
Reeders Alley
Far East Trail
South Hills Drive
Archery Range Trail
Easy Rider
Prickly Pear
Rocky Road Trail
Pay Dirt
Little Moab
Catch Up
Pail Rider
Pail Rider
Local Info & Nearby Trails
Trail Check-ins
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  C Deuter   on Jul 28, 2019
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Reviews (2)

World Champ

August 12, 2017
Review: There are about 170 trails in the hills to the south of Helena. The most famous is the Mount Helena Ridge Trail for which the city provides a free shuttle.
Nearly all are shared, two-way trails, in a nice setting with few MTB features.

World Champ

August 27, 2015
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Fantastic trail system with well-built, flowy, entertaining singletrack! The turns can be hard to navigate at points, but it's hard to end up in the wrong spot, as all the trails basically drain down to Helena.

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Feature Article
75 Miles of Singletrack, Connected to Town: Helena, Montana's South Hills Trail System