Helena’s FREE Community Bike Shuttle – The Trail Rider

The Trail Rider-Helena’s FREE Community Bike Shuttle

Helena Area Transit System (HATS) and Helena Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) and Bike Helena have teamed up to for an exciting 2016 hiking and biking season with a NEW, expanded Trail Rider schedule. The Trail Rider will kick-off the season offering hikers, bikers a shuttle service that now runs FIVE days a week!

Download & Print an 8 1/2 x 11 Trail Rider Schedule for the complete 2016 season: May to October.

Please note that we will cancel the trail rider if trails are muddy or at risk of damage. We will keep our Bike Helena Facebook Page updated with any cancellations. Thank you.

2016 Trail Rider Schedule

June

Wednesday-Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Thursday- 2006 Trailhead/Arrowroot Drive -
- pickup Location 1: Women’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm
- pickup Location 2: St. Peter's Medical Group on Broadway Pickup in the gravel overflow parking lot @ 5:55 pm and 6:55 pm

Friday Morning (June 3 to September 2) –Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 6:00 am and 6:45 am
Brought to you by BlueCross BlueShield of Montana – The Trail Rider’s New Morning Shuttles leave Downtown Helena early so that you can enjoy the trail system before your day begins.

Friday Afternoon/Evening –Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Saturday-Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am

Sunday-Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am

July

Wednesday-Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Thursday- 2006 Trailhead/Arrowroot Drive -
- pickup Location 1: Women’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm
- pickup Location 2: St. Peter's Medical Group on Broadway Pickup in the gravel overflow parking lot @ 5:55 pm and 6:55 pm

Friday Morning (June 2 to September 2) –Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 6:00 am and 6:45 am
Brought to you by BlueCross BlueShield of Montana – The Trail Rider’s New Morning Shuttles leave Downtown Helena early so that you can enjoy the trail system before your day begins.

Friday Afternoon/EveningMount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Saturday- Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am

SundayMacDonald PassRimini Road/Priest Pass Road Pickup @ 9:30 am and 10:15 am

August

The third annual Bike Helena Shuttle Fest is taking place August 12, 13 and 14, 2016 - this means that the regular shuttle times will not be in place - but, lucky you, we will be running continuous shuttles through the weekend so be sure to check back for all the details.  It's going to be a GREAT Trail Rider weekend in Helena! 

Wednesday-Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Thursday- 2006 Trailhead/Arrowroot Drive -
- pickup Location 1: Women’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm
- pickup Location 2: St. Peter's Medical Group on Broadway Pickup in the gravel overflow parking lot @ 5:55 pm and 6:55 pm

Friday Morning (June 2 to September 2) –Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 6:00 am and 6:45 am
Brought to you by BlueCross BlueShield of Montana – The Trail Rider’s New Morning Shuttles leave Downtown Helena early so that you can enjoy the trail system before your day begins.

Friday Afternoon/EveningMount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Saturday-Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am

Sunday-MacDonald PassRimini Road/Priest Pass Road Pickup @ 9:30 am and 10:15 am

September

Last Friday Morning Ride of the Season, Friday September 2Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 6:00 am and 6:45 am
Brought to you by BlueCross BlueShield of Montana – The Trail Rider’s New Morning Shuttles leave Downtown Helena early so that you can enjoy the trail system before your day begins.

Thursday, September 1 – Last Thursday Ride of the SeasonThursday
Thursday- 2006 Trailhead/Arrowroot Drive -
- pickup Location 1: Women’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm
- pickup Location 2: St. Peter's Medical Group on Broadway Pickup in the gravel overflow parking lot @ 5:55 pm and 6:55 pm

FridayMount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

SaturdayMount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am

Sunday- MacDonald PassRimini Road/Priest Pass Road Pickup @ 9:30 am & 10:15 am

The Trail Rider will run on Monday, Sept 5 in the Morning - Labor Day - Destination TBD. 

October

The Shuttle will end on October 16th for the season.

Friday –Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Saturday-Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am

Sunday-MacDonald PassRimini Road/Priest Pass Road Pickup @ 9:30 am and 10:15 am

May

The first day of our season is Thursday, May 12 at 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm – this Thursday we will be shuttling to the Helena Ridge Trail. Future Thursday drop off locations are listed below.

Wednesday-Mount Helena Ridge Trail–Women’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Thursday- 2006 Trailhead/Arrowroot Drive -
- pickup Location 1: Women’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm
- pickup Location 2: St. Peter's Medical Group on Broadway Pickup in the gravel overflow parking lot @ 5:55 pm and 6:55 pm

Friday Afternoon/Evening – Mount Helena Ridge Trail–Women’s Mural Pickup @ 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Saturday- Mount Helena Ridge Trail–Women’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am

Sunday- Mount Helena Ridge Trail–Women’s Mural Pickup @ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am
Please note that the schedule for Sunday, May 22nd will be different because of the Montana Enduro Bike Event.
There will only be two shuttles that day leaving from the Women's Mural.
1. Public pickup at 8:00 am Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup
2. Public pickup at 11:30 am 2006 Trailhead/Arrowroot DriveWomen’s Mural Pickup 

The Trail Rider will run on Monday, May 30th – Memorial Day – Destination Mount Helena Ridge TrailWomen’s Mural Pickup@ 8:45 am, 9:30 am, 10:15 am.

Dogs are not allowed on the Trail Rider.

When recreating on Helena area trails, please keep in mind that they are all multi-use.

Individual Sponsorships

Do you love to use the Trail Rider to get you out on the Mount Helena Ridge Trail or up on MacDonald Pass? You can sign up as an individual sponsor. As an individual sponsor for $50 you will receive a Bike Helena growler and 2 pint glasses, and $25 of your donation will go back to support PPLT’s maintenance of the trail system. Please email us at jdavis@helenamt.com  to pledge your support to this unique program.

Business Sponsorships

We are still in need of business sponsors for the Trail Rider.  Please visit this link for all the different sponsorship levels and options.

Dogs are not allowed on the Trail Rider.

When recreating on Helena area trails, please keep in mind that they are all multi-use.

Riders unload from the Helena Trail Rider shuttle on top of MacDonald Pass.

The Trail Rider dropping riders off at the top of MacDonald Pass. Photo Credit: boballenimages.com