Rodney Ridge: Top of the World to Rent Money

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8.0 Miles 13.0 Kilometers


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1,144' 349 m

Ascent

-1,157' -353 m

Descent

5,212' 1,589 m

High

4,087' 1,246 m

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Avg Grade (3°)

26%

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The most popular route on Rodney Ridge, with a commanding view of the Helena Valley and fun turns.

Eric Sivers

Overview

Rodney Ridge offers many options; this is a locals' favorite with a good view of the Helena Valley and a fun downhill. Although there is a decent amount of riding on the road to start, it offers a good warm-up and space to ride side-by-side, making for a good group ride. Riding this after Mount Ascension to Entertainment to Archery Range makes a great 90-120 minute ride.
Dogs: Offleash

Need To Know

Watch out for the hard left turn on the rock outcrop near the bottom of Top of the World!

Rodney Ridge Trail is up Lupine Drive off Arastra Gulch Road. This is a private driveway, so please be courteous, quiet, and don't linger at the trailhead. There is no public parking allowed in the Cox Lake area; help us keep this trail access open.

Make sure to hit up Blackfoot River Brewing for great beer after your ride!

Description

Head south out of town on Davis Street, and climb Davis Gulch. Turn right onto Dry Gulch, and then right onto Lupine Drive just past Cox Lake. For an alternate approach with more singletrack, take Orofino Gulch south from town, climb onto the Waterline Trail, and climb Pinchot Trail to the top of Rent Money.

The downhill starts with Top of the World, which is a wide-open ridge ride on limestone rubble. Speeds are high and this area is popular with pedestrians, so spend your time at the top scanning the trail below for any traffic climbing towards you. Watch out for the hard left turn on a rock outcrop; it looks like an awesome drop, but you don't want to do it.

At the bottom of Top of the World, there is a 4-way junction. Pinchot Trail to the left, an old fall-line doubletrack straight ahead, and Rent Money to the right. Turn right onto Rent Money for some of Helena's best flow trail, with berms, rollers, and doubles. Rent Money ends at the Roger Fuchs Trail.

From there, you can descend back to Davis Gulch, or choose any of the other options on the ridge. This ride drops down the Rodney Meadow Trail to the Waterline Trail. This last descent is short but fast and flowing.

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Apr 19, 2015
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The ride description is misleading. There is NO parking on Arrastra Gulch either. Residents are complaining about riders parking at the top near Cox Lake, and this has the potential to cost public access. To date there is no formal access up Lupine Drive or across private property to USFS land. Keeping the landowners happy is essential. Apr 20, 2016


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