Head Lane to Scratchgravel Peak

Helena, Montana

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Located 6 miles north of Helena on the west end of the Helena Valley. The Scratchgravels are the place to ride when Helena's South Hills are muddy or snow closes the higher elevations. Scant precipitation and sandy soils mean dry trails and a longer riding season, even through winter in some years. There's also plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain, though the final hillclimb to the peak is for strong, skilled riders only. Anyone can enjoy the ride to a scenic overlook at mile 7.6, and many other trails beckon along the way. Watch for deer and birds of prey. Portions of this ride traverse private holdings, some of which may be posted against trespass. Please heed all posted property boundaries. Future access is uncertain.
Mountain Biking Helena

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Mountain Biking Helena

by Will Harmon (Falcon Guides)

Located 6 miles north of Helena on the west end of the Helena Valley. The Scratchgravels are the place to ride when Helena's South Hills are muddy or snow closes the higher elevations. Scant precipitation and sandy soils mean dry trails and a longer riding season, even through winter in some years.

There's also plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain, though the final hillclimb to the peak is for strong, skilled riders only. Anyone can enjoy the ride to a scenic overlook at mile 7.6, and many other trails beckon along the way. Watch for deer and birds of prey. Portions of this ride traverse private holdings, some of which may be posted against trespass. Please heed all posted property boundaries. Future access is uncertain.

©  Will Harmon/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Helena
Distance: 16.2
Elevation Gain: 955 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 to 3 hours one way.
Trailhead Elevation: 4,060 feet
Top Elevation: 5,225 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, 406-494-5059
Local Maps: Helena National Forest; USGS Scratchgravel Hills.
Driving Directions: Directions to Head Lane to Scratchgravel Peak

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