Beautiful view of Missoula especially at night even just from the M. To the summit, there are two main paths from the M that get you up there one is easier but the path is longer and it does come across a cool yet short cave. This Map of the trail is a little out dated when it comes to hiking to the summit since there has been trail restoration and land preservation efforts, but if you are not sure just ask somebody around you they are all pretty nice!
A beautiful and challenging trail, especially during the winter months. I remember exerting much more effort than was necessary in order to avoid the patches of ice and snow mixed with mud.
The view is worth it from the 'M' alone. Pushing yourself to the top of Mt. Sentinel results in astonishingly gorgeous views. Well worth the added effort.
The 3.04 trail ends at a driveway. I turned back and made an interesting loop out of the the multiple trails that intersect this one. Take a picture of the map as you start to avoid getting lost.
Good views of Missoula. Lots of people and pets.
Spring is a great time to do this hike with cool temperatures and a view-shed clear of summer fires and a smoke filled river valley. Consider pushing yourself beyond the "M" another 1200 feet in elevation gain to Mount Sentinel directly above; It's worth the extra exertion.
Nice easy walk and view. 4.7 mi round trip I walked from UMT - "M" - Mount Sentinel, and returned same track.
On winter/snow/ice is highly recommended use of crampons. Temperature between 1C and 5C, but wind in the top is higher.
Easy trek, always bring your lantern and of course water. Some times gets cloudy.