Prairie Trail

Mount Helena City Park, Montana 59636

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain973ft
Trailhead Elevation5,103ft
Top5,103ft
Elevation Min/Max4509/5103ft
Elevation Start/End5103/5103ft

Prairie Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Lookout Trail and West End Trail.

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."

Prairie Trail Reviews

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10/27/2000
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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Trail Information

Mount Helena City Park
Nearby City
Mount Helena City Park
Parks
City of Helena Parks Admin. 406-447-8463
Local Contacts
USGS Helena
Local Maps

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Jul 2018