North of Helena, the Stemple Pass area has 20 km of backcountry trails.
To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead from the intersection of US 12 and I-15 in Helena, head north on I-15 for 8 miles to the E Lincoln Road/Hwy 279 exit. Go west on E Lincoln Road/Hwy 279 for 15.3 miles. Turn left onto Little Prickly Pear Road and travel 5.5 miles. Take a right (north) on Stemple Pass Road and travel 12 miles to Stemple Pass and parking.
Overall, Stemple Pass is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 37 Nordic ski destinations in Montana.