Situated just on the outskirts of Helena, Montana, Mount Ascension offers a potpourri of trails that accommodate a range of biking skills, from beginner to masochist. If you're keen on scaling a real challenge while basking in nature's finest moments, this trail system warrants a trip—or several.
From the parking area on Davis Street, locate the wood chip path next to the road to kickstart your journey. At the slight fork, opt for the left path, marked "Eagle Scout Trail." This mile of gentle incline, with its easy-to-navigate switchbacks, serves as a warm-up.
Having survived the strenuous incline, a vista from the top of Mount Ascension awaits, offering panoramic views over Helena. For the descent, use the Entertainment Trail for an exhilarating, brake-testing ride that loops back to your starting point.
Mount Ascension's trails attract a mixed crowd. Expect to share your path with hikers and dog walkers. Though the trails are generally light on technical features, their popularity is underpinned by a blend of scenic allure and physical challenge.
The Mount Ascension trail network is not for the faint-hearted but rewards its conquerors with scenic satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Whether it's your first peak of the day or the final ascent in a series, the trails here offer enough variety to keep any rider engaged and challenged. A 4-star trail in close proximity to Helena, it's a must-ride for any mountain biking aficionado in Montana.