I am back from a work trip that took me up to Helena Montana. I got stoked about this particular overnight since I have never stayed in Helena and then my hopes were dashed when I looked to see how much time I would have. Then I decided that I would still go out and explore and just go on limited sleep.
Thankfully everything is rather close together in Helena which made it easy for me to get everywhere I wanted to go.
So what can you do in Helena in 13 hours…..
I woke up at 6 am looked at a couple of the trails I was thinking of doing, possible coffee shops and then the weather app for temperature and for the air quality.
It’s fire season out here in the west and the air hasn’t been the greatest since last week. The wind changed from California and sent all of the smoke from the over 600 fires burning up through Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Idaho and Utah. The majority of the fires were sparked from a lightening storm over the weekend of the 15th. Sadly this will take months for all the fires to be contained.
So once I had checked and it was at an okay level I felt would be okay for myself I got myself ready and packed my packable backpack and water bottles I ordered an Uber and went over to the trail head for Mount Helena Peak.
There are a bunch of trails that start from the parking lot that will get you up to the Mount Helena Peak and since I have never done any of these trails and I have learned a lesson from last week, I got the subscription on Alltrails where you can download a trail and or gps yourself and make sure you are on the correct trail.
I took the Prospect Shafts trail to Hogback Trail to the Summit of Mount Helena. It took me an hour and thirty to hike to the summit. With all the the different trails for people to take I didn’t really come upon too many others until I reached the summit and there were only two others. As I descended I started coming upon others but I think that also has to do with the time of morning that I had made it out.
It was nice to get out and not do anything too complicated and stretch my legs. It was beautiful views and I am sure would have been even better views if it wouldn’t have been for the haze of the smoke.
After the summit I headed back down the trail and found my way to downtown and over to Reeder’s Alley for a bakery my Uber driver had told me about. I got in line for Cotton-Top Pastries and I am so glad that I did. I ended up getting two pastries one for that morning and then another one for Sunday morning to enjoy. After I picked out my pastries I walked downtown and went to Hubb Coffee. I got my coffee and then sat out on the patio with my coffee and pastry and enjoyed breakfast.
I still had some time to kill before I needed to head back to the hotel and get ready for work. As I walked from the coffee shop I saw a bookstore across the street and went to check it out. They were open so I went in checked out the books and bought myself a new one for the week.
I kept walking and then found my self at a local boutique that had some cute fall items in the window. After shopping I decided it was probably time to leave before I did some damage on my bank account and late for work so I headed back to the hotel.
And that was my morning in Helena, Montana. It was a perfect morning with a lovely little breeze, it wasn’t overly hot and had lovely views of the mountains and town.
How was everyone else’s weekend?