M Trail

Missoula, Montana

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Mount Sentinel, the western peak of University Mountain, overlooks the city of Missoula from the south side of the Clark Fork. The landmark M at the University of Montana, dating back to 1 908, sits a third of the way up Mount Sentinel at 3,820 feet. It can be spotted from anywhere in the city. The M Trail begins at the eastern end of the campus near Grizzly Stadium. The steep trail zigzags up the sunny west face of the mountain to the concrete M. Throughout the hike are bird’s-eye views of Missoula Valley, the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers, Lolo Peak, and the Bitterroot Mountains. This popular trail has a steady stream of hikers throughout the day.
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Mount Sentinel, the western peak of University Mountain, overlooks the city of Missoula from the south side of the Clark Fork. The landmark M at the University of Montana, dating back to 1 908, sits a third of the way up Mount Sentinel at 3,820 feet.

It can be spotted from anywhere in the city. The M Trail begins at the eastern end of the campus near Grizzly Stadium. The steep trail zigzags up the sunny west face of the mountain to the concrete M. Throughout the hike are bird’s-eye views of Missoula Valley, the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers, Lolo Peak, and the Bitterroot Mountains. This popular trail has a steady stream of hikers throughout the day.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-Round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Southeast Missoula
Driving Directions: Directions to M Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2007
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The trail rises sharply from the trailhead to about three-fourths the way up towards the hilltops, then generally levels off. I found it to be a tough hike on a hot summer day, particularly due to the initial climb and then the trail often sloped from side to side due to the steep gradient of the hillside which was hard on the ankles. The trail is also fairly rocky and narrow in places. The views are very rewarding however not to mention the historical value. This hike will give you great appreciation for the fortitude of the Native Americans and others who followed this trail to cross the Bitterroot Mountains. After hiking this short segment of the Lolo Trail, I have a hard time grasping how entire tribes with all of their belongings, horses etc made the entire trek.



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