“The most popular route on Rodney Ridge, with a commanding view of the Helena Valley and fun turns.”
— Eric Sivers
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.
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!
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.