Rodney Ridge: Top of the World to Rent Money
ElevationAscent: 1,144' 349 m
Descent: -1,157' -353 m
High: 5,212' 1,589 m
Low: 4,087' 1,246 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“The most popular route on Rodney Ridge, with a commanding view of the Helena Valley and fun turns.”— Eric Sivers
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
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!
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.