Prairie Trail

Helena, Montana

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Located in Mount Helena City Park, on the southwest edge of downtown Helena. Ridden top to bottom, the Prairie Trail is the most popular downhill on Mount Helena and one of the best sections of smooth, sinuous singletrack in the area. Locals call it "Star Wars," because at speed the trailside trees blur like the stars when Han Solo shifts into hyperspace. Riders with exceptional balance and quick reflexes will enjoy the E-ticket ride. But please ride in control: no skidding (even on tight switchbacks), and always yield to other trail users. Reckless riding will only stir up anti-bike sentiment and could lead to trail restrictions or closures. Try is going up first (as its described here) to get a taste of the switchbacks. The Prairie Trail also offers access to other trails and a chance of seeing deer, fox, and birds of prey.
Mountain Biking Helena

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Biking Helena

by Will Harmon (Falcon Guides)

Located in Mount Helena City Park, on the southwest edge of downtown Helena. Ridden top to bottom, the Prairie Trail is the most popular downhill on Mount Helena and one of the best sections of smooth, sinuous singletrack in the area. Locals call it "Star Wars," because at speed the trailside trees blur like the stars when Han Solo shifts into hyperspace.

Riders with exceptional balance and quick reflexes will enjoy the E-ticket ride. But please ride in control: no skidding (even on tight switchbacks), and always yield to other trail users. Reckless riding will only stir up anti-bike sentiment and could lead to trail restrictions or closures. Try is going up first (as its described here) to get a taste of the switchbacks. The Prairie Trail also offers access to other trails and a chance of seeing deer, fox, and birds of prey.

©  Will Harmon/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Helena
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 20 to 45 minutes up, 10 to 20 minutes down.
Trailhead Elevation: 4,350 feet
Top Elevation: 5,100 feet
Local Contacts: City of Helena Parks Admin. 406-447-8463
Local Maps: USGS Helena
Driving Directions: Directions to Prairie Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/27/2000
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Very fun ride. The description is correct when the trees blur at the speeds reached. But it deffinately needs to be riden in control, because of switchbacks, and other trail users. I would recommend going up it first to figure out the switchbacks.



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