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Mt. Helena Park Trailhead - Helena, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CerealBoxMonsters
N 46° 35.268 W 112° 02.992
12T E 419571 N 5159894
Quick Description: A 620-acre park managed by the City of Helena. There are numerous trailheads which lead to the park's six established trails, listed below. The summit of Mt. Helena (5468ft/1667m) can be reached by any one of these trails.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 10/18/2009 3:59:18 AM
Waymark Code: WM7F9D
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member J.A.R.S.
Views: 6

Long Description:
This trailhead is located southwest of downtown Helena. Drive south on Park Avenue until you see the sign for Mount Helena City Park and Reeders Village. Drive up through the subdivision on Readers Village Drive to the dirt parking lot.
Mt. Helena Park Trails

1906 TRAIL - This well designed trail has offered the easiest and most direct route to the top of the mountain for over 70 years. It follows the base of the limestone cliffs for awhile, and passes the Devil's Kitchen.

THE PRAIRIE TRAIL - This trail was named for the beautiful prairie wildflowers that bloom along its length, and it is perhaps the best place to see the cliffs and to enjoy the park's remarkably varied north-slope landscapes. The colors here are always beautiful, but especially when the wildflowers are in bloom and near sunset or sunrise.

THE BACKSIDE TRAIL - An interesting trail passing through a typically open and grassy woodland of ponderosa pine. You'll notice that the pines at the trail's western end have a little fire-blackening at the base of their trunks. Quick burning grass fires are a frequent visitor to such woodlands, and the pines are well adapted to thrive in spite of it.

THE HOGBACK TRAIL - A rather rough and rocky trail that leads from the peak of the mountain southward along the exposed Hogback Ridge. It is a lot more fun to go down this trail than to go up, but it offers spectacular views in all directions, and the closest thing to a wind-swept alpine experience to be had on our little mountain.

THE PROSPECTOR SHAFTS TRAIL - Named for the prospector shafts about half-way along its length. This is a long and very interesting trail that winds through a wide variety of landscapes, and which makes a lot of unexpected twists and turns. A fine way to explore the recently acquired southeast quarter of the park.

THE WEST END TRAIL - This is the most remote part of the park. The trail leads through a beautiful little meadow in the saddle between Mount Helena itself and the next prominent bump along the ridge. It is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Trailhead/trail website: [Web Link]

Trail allowances or restrictions:
Allowances: dogs (leashed), bicycles Restrictions: hunting, off-road vehicles


Trail type: Hard-packed dirt, gravel, rock

Parking: Not Listed

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