Ascent of Mount Helena on 2020-08-02

Climber: Eric Higginbotham

Others in Party:Madison Higginbotham
Date:Sunday, August 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Helena
    Elevation:5468 ft / 1666 m

Ascent Trip Report

I live near Helena and when I mention to folks that I like to hike peaks they sometimes ask if I have hiked Mount Helena. That right away lets me know that the person I am talking with doesn't understand what I mean when I say hike peaks. First, Mount Helena isn't a peak. Second I prefer not to see anyone else on my hikes which usually means I am hiking an unmaintained trail or preferably, not on a trail. Mount Helena is criss crossed with trails and people and their dogs. I would never have hiked Mount Helena but my daughter asked me to hike it with her. We went on a Sunday at 10:00 am on a very hot summer day. I was hoping the late start and the heat would reduce the number of people we ran into on the trail. To get to the trailhead just go southwest on Park Avenue in Helena. Go past the Blackfoot Brewery, or not, and follow the signs to Mount Helena City Park. There is a large paved parking lot with outhouses at the trailhead. We hiked up the 1906 trail that curves around Mount Helena and stopped to explore some sheltered rock outcroppings along the way. We reached the top and had a great view of the Helena Valley and the surrounding mountains. We met over two dozen people on the way up and at least a dozen dogs. Going down we took the powerline trail that pretty much runs straight up and down from the parking lot to the summit. It was a rougher, steeper trail but we met only about a half dozen people.

So if you're traveling through Helena on your way to somewhere prettier like Glacier or Yellowstone and want to stretch you legs, Mount Helena is an easy to find, well signed trail you can take to get in a little exercise. I enjoyed it, but really only because my daughter was with me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1126 ft / 343 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1126 ft / 343 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Hot Sunday above the Gulch
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1126 ft / 343 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:1906 Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mount Helena City Park  4342 ft / 1323 m
    Time:53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1126 ft / 343 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Powerline Trail
    End Trailhead:Mount Helena City Park  4342 ft / 1323 m
    Time:33 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Higginbotham
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