Mount Ascension is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Helena, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 931 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail with some amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail with pretty views. Quiet at this time.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

I would give it a few weeks. My favorite ride, but today it was soupy

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

This was a moderately trafficked trail up to the peak. It does loop around at the peak. Was very snowy, muddy, and icy so bring your yak tracks! The peak was nice but trees blocked the view of the city! Mt. Helena would be best for the best peak view!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

icy
muddy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

First time up with my kids down to age 4. We took the 2.5 miles to go up and down, just a little ice a little more snow but definitely doable and very enjoyable!

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
icy
3 months ago

dog friendly, extremely icy though, so i’d recommend spikes. beautiful hike but wasn’t prepared for the ice so i couldn’t make it to the top.

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icy
snow
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Took my 10 and 5 year old up to hike this trail. We are all great hikers . This trail was peaceful and easier type trail . First time on this trail and I love it . 11/16/19

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

mountain biking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

great trail. a bit narrow on the descent near the top, loose rock and painted rocks.

hiking
8 months ago

Had a great evening hike while in town for just a few days. Hiked around the summit up the west side as the sun was setting and made it around and down the east side as the moon was rising. Stunning! It had just rained about an hour before I started and only a little slippery at the very beginning.

great experience

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike great for dogs and kids

hiking
10 months ago

Another great and relatively gentle mountain hike in Helena. Lots of closed trails due to erosion but you’ll be in good shape if you follow the signs. Follow the one up to the Ridge to get to the summit. Some trees block the view over Helena but still quite nice. Saw a couple Western Tanagers up there to boot.

hiking
Thu May 30 2019

If you’re experiencing traffic you’re hiking wrong. This trail is cool during the day but even cooler at night. That being said, I’d carry if I were you because though Helena is very classy everywhere else...downtown is sketchy as hell at night and this is the perfect location for heroin and meth connoisseurs to gather and plot their muggings. Other creatures of the night may include mountain lions and stray dogs. But it’s fine. Overall - my cat made it and so can you.

hiking
Wed May 01 2019

Didn't make it to the top, turned around cuz of snow and very slippery mud....ugh and my muddy

running
Fri Aug 31 2018

Well-kept trail. I wish people would pick up after their dogs, first part of trail smells like

Sat Jun 30 2018

Lots of branching paths. Fun trail. Lots of people on it. Mostly friendly. Some good views but not amazing.

Thu Jun 14 2018

Many different trail options—easy to lose your way from the Mount Ascension trail if you’re a first timer. Awesome spot for hiking, trail running and biking. Great view of Helena from the ridge!

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