Gets lot of use even in winter on a good day. Has an awesome cave as you're going up. Need to be in relatively good shape if you plan on getting to the top. Incredible view of Helena and surrounding areas. Should be a requirement if you're just visiting/new to Helena.
Because this is an in-town hike, the trail gets a LOT of use. Although it make for an easy access the heavy usage also means that if you are seeking solitude you probably won't find it often on this trail. The 1906 trail is primarily north facing. This means that in winter, once snow is packed down to ice, it does not melt very quickly. Hiking this trail without traction devices that have "teeth" will mean you are bound to end up with a more than your feet hitting the ground.
first off. This trail is rated as Easy, I think that really depends on who you are and what your intent is. Taking your new to hiking young kids? not easy, anyone nit in great ir at least fairly decent shape will not find this an easy trail. its 1.6 miles escalating over 1300 feet on dirt, scree and rocky trails. Mediocre would probabky fit better. its a lovely trail though. I travelled from GF first hike after a resp. illness so I had to stop frequently. I hike often, but this whiped me out, in fairness my health isnt top after being sick. its well worth it when you summit though the views are breathtaking.
LeGrande Cannon is a great trail for going out for a Sunday stroll. Their are no real climbs or decents involved, its pretty level. For those who crave a little more excitment. Half way down is a few trails that head up the NW side of Mt. Helena.