Crooked Trail-Pengelly Ridge Trail Loop

Missoula, Montana

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The Crooked Trail connects the west face of Mount Sentinel with Crazy Canyon and the Pattee Canyon National Recreation Area. The trail begins at the southern terminus of Maurice Avenue, near the university, and traverses the western face of Mount Sentinel, where there are great views across Missoula. The Crooked Trail then curves around the slope of Mount Sentinel and brings into view Pattee Canyon. After meandering through gently sloping meadows covered in native grasses and wildflowers, the trail descends into a wooded drainage alongside Crooked Creek in Snowshoe Canyon. The creek bottom is shaded with ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. For a more strenuous loop hike, return via the Pengelly Ridge Trail, descending on the exposed west-facing slope with far-reaching vistas.
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Crooked Trail connects the west face of Mount Sentinel with Crazy Canyon and the Pattee Canyon National Recreation Area. The trail begins at the southern terminus of Maurice Avenue, near the university, and traverses the western face of Mount Sentinel, where there are great views across Missoula. The Crooked Trail then curves around the slope of Mount Sentinel and brings into view Pattee Canyon.

After meandering through gently sloping meadows covered in native grasses and wildflowers, the trail descends into a wooded drainage alongside Crooked Creek in Snowshoe Canyon. The creek bottom is shaded with ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. For a more strenuous loop hike, return via the Pengelly Ridge Trail, descending on the exposed west-facing slope with far-reaching vistas.

©  Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-Round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Southeast Missoula
Driving Directions: Directions to Crooked Trail-Pengelly Ridge Trail Loop

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