M Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."