Helipad Trail MTB Rock Garden

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
2.2 miles
Elevation
632'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Heidi H-P October 28, 2016 at 8:36 pmRiding mostly well, save for a few squishy spots.
  • Mike Schmeiske April 21, 2016 at 9:27 pmThree trees on the west side still in play on the way to the top of Lower Whoops. Downhill was killer today.
  • Ryan Crotty April 12, 2016 at 1:45 pmFrom rd 300 up to Storm King intersection is clear of snow and mud. Some blowdown (3 trees i think) and snow patches on the way over to Whoops benchs
 

Trail Description

Helipad is a steep and technical trail that brings you to the top of a ridge with an opening in the tree cover that looks somewhat like a helicopter pad. There is an H made of rocks that someone placed at the top that is a favorite photo backdrop for visitors.

The trail was designed by Paul Thomasberg, and is known for being one of the steepest climbs close to town. Originally the trail was called Paul’s Trail, but most people call it Helipad. It’s official name changed recently to Phil’s trail, so it’s officially Upper Phil’s. We chose to list it as a separate trail due to the trail being so much more difficult than the rest of Phil’s.

The trail has many technical obstacles including lava rock, loose rocky pitches, roots and brutal climbs.  There are at least 3 false summits on the trail. Just when you think you made it to the top you find yourself at another climb! The last steep pitch sends you straight up a bouldery “notch” with a tough rock up to start and followed by some tight corners. Don’t sweat it if you have to walk this section (90% of riders do). Helipad has been more of a climbing trail in the past, but it’s one of the more fun technical downhill trails near town. Just be mindful of climbers as you descend.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Helipad

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  1. Heidi H-P says:

    Riding mostly well, save for a few squishy spots.

  2. Ryan Crotty says:

    From rd 300 up to Storm King intersection is clear of snow and mud. Some blowdown (3 trees i think) and snow patches on the way over to Whoops benchs

    1. Mike Schmeiske says:

      Three trees on the west side still in play on the way to the top of Lower Whoops. Downhill was killer today.

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