Mount Sentinel Loop Mount Sentinel Fire Road to the M

Missoula, Montana

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Mount Sentinel is the landmark mountain overlooking Missoula with the large concrete M. The 5,1 58-foot mountain stretches from Hellgate Canyon in the north to Pattee Canyon in the south while towering over the University of Montana. This hike forms a loop on the dry western slope of Mount Sentinel, offering sweeping views across Missoula. The hike begins at the base of the mountain near the university and climbs to an overlook of Pattee Canyon. The trail—the Mount Sentinel Fire Road—traverses the exposed mountain slope through Missoula open space land, crossing the top of the M and returning along the base of the M. This hike is a great alternative to the ever-popular M Trail.
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Mount Sentinel is the landmark mountain overlooking Missoula with the large concrete M. The 5,1 58-foot mountain stretches from Hellgate Canyon in the north to Pattee Canyon in the south while towering over the University of Montana. This hike forms a loop on the dry western slope of Mount Sentinel, offering sweeping views across Missoula.

The hike begins at the base of the mountain near the university and climbs to an overlook of Pattee Canyon. The trail—the Mount Sentinel Fire Road—traverses the exposed mountain slope through Missoula open space land, crossing the top of the M and returning along the base of the M. This hike is a great alternative to the ever-popular M Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-Round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Southeast Missoula
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Sentinel Loop: Mount Sentinel Fire Road to the M

Recent Trail Reviews

11/15/2009
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We made this nice trail in winter, with a thin crust of snow, and enjoyed it a lot. Although there were no brochures at the trail-head, so we kind of imagined the explanations, haha. Anyways it's a beautiful, short, easy hike with a couple of nice viewpoints for a lazy Sunday



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