Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Helena with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail with beautiful scenery. I was hampered by a couple inches of heavy, wet, snow, but the trail was well marked regardless. Not particularly strenuous. Again, great scenery, with cliffs rising on both sides.

Beautiful trail, panoramic views. No bears, but be on the look-out for (very polite) mountain bikers. Awesome experience! Recommend parking one car at beginning of trail and the other at end of trail. Post-hike beers at Blackfoot Brewery.

Beautiful hike! Fall colors were gorgeous. Say that this is an easy to moderate hike instead of a moderate hike.

Beautiful! I am was super surprised by this trail. It meanders along the Missouri River and is totally beautiful. Fairly easy hike. Though I would not recommend taking dogs, my dog came with and there is a section of rocky path that was a bit difficult for him and it scared him. Plus he tried to jump into the river several times.

7 months ago

Awesome view! Great hike for the family and dogs!

Great, easy walk along the river. Saw a handful of kingfishers, a few ospreys, and a bald eagle. Fun to imagine the Corps of Discovery heading through the canyon.

horseback riding
7 months ago

Note that most of Mount Helena Park is a City Park, with no horses allowed.

This is a great trail if you’re looking for a quick hike! There are some parts that are a little tougher, but overall it’s pretty easy. Awesome views of Helena!

Not as cool because even well trained dogs needed to remain on leash. Won’t return to this trail.

mountain biking
8 months ago

I did this trail when I was first learning how to mountain bike and really enjoyed it as a beginner!

Love this trail. It’s absolutely beautiful and the rocky red canyon walls make it hard to believe it’s just mere minutes outside of the Helena city. You DO walk across the dam (despite the signs and gate making it appear that maybe you cannot) to begin the hike. The first half is walking over rocks that have been positioned into a nice walking path, the second half is a sandy/dirt path through trees. It is incredibly scenic and you’re bound to see quite a few boaters and people fishing along the trail. My dogs love being able to wade around at multiple spots along this hike.
My advice: do not go in the heat of the afternoon as there is no shade on the rocky bits and it gets HOT. So don’t do it on a 98° summer afternoon like I did once, hah. Also, careful with dogs or anyone swimming as the current can be quite strong in most areas! Enjoy.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Not an easy trail. The rating on this should be changed to moderate.

This is one we often do early in the year because it is so gentle. In April we got turned back because of high water in the stream which is unusual. The creek often disappears into the gravels for most of the hike. Today, the water is still higher than usual so we had a total of 14 creek crossings... 3 of those were on bridges within the 1st mile that is accessible... rest were easy crossings. Found a few Lady Slipper orchids which was a surprise. this trail is not one I would say is loaded with wild flowers but there are a few. Cliffs are the real draw on this hike.

Very fun. You'll do some walking across a solid rock wall just down the trail. it's pretty stable. If you make it to around the big bend in the river the water is more calm and fun for animals. if recommend bringing your dogs some water. Mine got very hot and thirsty a mile before it was safe to approach the river. Expect a steep incline if you want to make it down sooner like I did.

9 months ago

Nice short hike with some nice view of the canyon.

Great hike. If your looking for a casual great hike this a good one. Don’t let the first zig zag up scare you away. Even on a hot day there is lots of tree cover.

lovely hike! there is a small parking lot at the trailhead. walk across the dam (yes, really) then stay to the left for the "public access trail." very scenic views! we only went part of the way (maybe half?) to a point where the trail was a bit washed away and our six-year-old panicked; adults could have made it past this point, but be aware if you have small children.

11 months ago

It was a little icy still, but a beautiful hike!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Really snowy, but a great trail!

Friday, March 09, 2018

Great Trail!

This is a great afternoon walk with access to some really great fishing spots.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cross the dam and follow the signs for the public access trail. It’s been a year since my last hike and this felt more moderate to me. Very scenic and enjoyable hike nonetheless.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Beautiful easy to moderate hike. Went in mid October. Peaceful and quiet hike through gorgeous canyon walls. Enjoyed the fall colors.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Did this hike today. Easy hike with scenic views the whole way

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Love the entrance of the trailhead with the bridge and a creek running. Mostly shaded area.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful views in this scenic canyon. Novice hikers and little ones can do the first part.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A little bit of a drive to get to the trailhead but the canyon views along the creek were spectacular. In and out of the trees, not much of an elevation, and nothing but peace and quiet out there! I will definitely be back if I get the chance.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trail is not clearly marked

Sunday, June 04, 2017

absolutely beautiful Trail! Would highly recommend!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Spectacular views of the Missouri River. There were lots of fly fisherman out on a misty morning and were enjoyable to watch. I was a bit appalled by the garbage left by other hikers, they seem to think the fenced in area near the dam in a dump.

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