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Helena: Spring 2014

We've been seeing inquiries about trail conditions on FB, so I figured it's worth a post here. Helena trails are opening up. I've been to the top of Mount Helena twice in the last week.

The trails on the east side of the mountain are completely open and dry. Some trails low on the north side of Mount Ascension are dry as well. As of Tuesday, Dump Gulch was still packed and icy, though.

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Spring 2014 :: Gravity Guild Garage

Great Falls is 100% open, and reportedly they have some new trail along the river. I'll have to check that out this year.
 

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I rode the Ridge yesterday. There were a half-dozen or so notable snowbanks yet that required walking, spaced out from the top down into the timbered switchbacks. Since the ground is thawed, they're mostly surrounded by dry trail. There are also 3 trees down above Emmett's/Mini Ridge. Below that, it's completely clear.

Highway, Horse, Rodney Ridge, and 2006 are clear. I haven't been to Entertainment in a week, but I expect it's good. Haven't heard anything about 1906 yet, but I'll probably try climbing it this week.

Saw loads of 6 plates around the trails yesterday.
 

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I'm planning to come to Helena tomorrow from Canada to mountain bike. My spouse says she saw some trails are closed due to forest fires. Can anyone confirm?
Just one loop:

"The Forest Service will be doing a prescribed burn starting today and
probably lasting three days in the Wakina Sky area. The entire Stairway to Heaven Trail, and a portion of the Wakina Sky Trail Re-route will be closed as part of this area closure. Please hike or bike elsewhere until Sunday!"

You can still ride the Ridge, Mt. Ascension, Rodney Ridge etc. Just stop in at one of the bike shops for some good advice.
 

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Very much so, this is just a 4.5 mile loop of a 70+ mile trail system
Agreed. The weather is supposed to be great. The affected trails aren't ones that first-time visitors usually ride, anyway. There are many more trails and loops on the Mount Helena Ridge, Mount Helena, Mount Ascension, and Rodney Ridge.
 
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