Prairie Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Helena, Montana. It is within Mount Helena City Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 5,103 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 973 feet.
Prairie Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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, Mountain Biking Helena (Falcon Guides).
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