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!