Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

I hiked this trail, the deadfall has been cleared and the wild-flowers are out, especially at the start of the trail (by the bridge over the wetlands) and in the high mountain meadows. I saw raspberries growing and huckleberries ripening about 1/2 mile into the hike. Take bear spray, I ran into some scat about 3.9 miles in on the mountain meadow.

mountain biking
8 days 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.

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

hiking
22 days ago

Nice hike with incredible views! I had to take several breaks along the way up because it was steeper than I imagined. Next time, I’ll hike it in the morning to stay cooler (there’s no shade).

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Nice little workout.

hiking
1 month 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.

Gorgeous views of the Cathedral and Carrol College.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Really snowy, but a great trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Got a little side tracked onto Prickly Pear but got back on the trail quickly! The snow pack is pretty good but the backside is loose. Beautiful day for a hike! Would definitely recommend as a good winter hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Winter hike and the trails were in good shape.

hiking
6 months ago

This was my first Hike in the park. It was beautiful! I am not in outstanding physical condition and I needed to stop and rest several times on my way to the summit but so worth it! The trail is rocky and snow covered in winter I recommend using Yak trax .

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

With all the recent wood chipping it smells wonderful!!! This trail is a little steeper than 1906 but is more direct and will get you to the top faster. I suggest going up Powerline and down 1906 for a nice loop.

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous view from the top. Went in early spring and wasn't too much foot traffic. Little bit of snow to watch out for.

Great view of Helena at the top!

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Markings could be clearer. Fantastic views. Much harder than moderate, though. Steep, with scrabbly spots.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trail is not clearly marked

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Great hike on a beautiful spring day. I would advise people to clean up after their dogs on the trail. It was quite busy on Saturday. I ran into a group pushing a person in a wheelchair and it made me happy they were able to get out together and enjoy Montana's beauty.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

nice trail!

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

No real directions. We kind of wandered around but it was a beautiful hike.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Description should be added to include all trail names needed to get to the top but it was a great hike.

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