Explore the most popular hiking trails in K Williams Natural Trail Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A nice walk after a big snowstorm yesterday. I saw the perfect MLK sign carved into the snow.

trail running
20 days ago

We live a couple minutes from this trail and really love it, although parking is limited. If you get there early or keep an eye out for when it’s not so busy, parking is fine.

In the hotter months the trees make for a beautiful, cool, shady start, but eventually you are back in the sun enjoying the valley views and wildflowers,and the view from the Overlook is great too! They are planning to link it up with a new trail from Spanish Peaks road in 2019.

There are no restrooms but dogs are allowed (leashes for the first few hundred yards until you cross a private road). In winter in can be quite slippery coming back down the start of the trail head, but micro spikes or yak tracks help, just take your time. I wouldn’t say it’s that easy, it definitely gets the blood pumping and is a nice run you can do in 45 minutes, with moments to stop and take in the views as you go.

walking
25 days ago

Pretty good trail for a sunrise winter hike with a senior dog and a pup. Wish the extra trails up to the top of the mountain where more clearly defined otherwise would have continued around. Plenty of deer to see and great views. Free parking at base for hikers on campus!

Started up the M trail and continued to the summit via Hellgate Ridge. Fairly easy hike with some steep portions and beautiful views of downtown. Took me about 2.5 hours round trip as I'm not in the greatest shape. You'll definitely need spikes as all of the M is ice, hellgate ridge was a mix of blown snow and ice didn't find anything deeper than 6 inches. Overall a very nice hike.

Little icy, but doable!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful place to hike at sunset!

walking
2 months ago

I walk frequently but mostly flat or rolling hill, this walk was more then moderate for me. There are wonderful benches at all the switchbacks. Some are quite steep and I only made it up by resting contently at each one to allow my pulse to slow a bit! This walk inspired me to do more, the view was amazing and I sat on the M, enjoying a Birdseye view of Missoula. Going down was actually more stressful on my old joints! I just took my time.

A good start for those who are looking to get into hiking or backpacking. Its a challenge that's worth it

Nice quick little hike

beautiful hike. been there three times and it seems I look at it differently each time. view from the overlook is awesome

hiking
3 months ago

This was my first hike in Missoula. I'm still adjusting to the altitude here, so it was nice that there was a place to sit on just about every corner of each switch back (there are 13 or 14 switchbacks, btw). The view is really nice and it wasn't too difficult (altitude aside.) Definitely got a good workout in for the day and it only took us 30 minutes to reach the top, even with my slow butt haha.

Challenging with reward!

hiking
4 months ago

I logged 3.0 miles (not 3.6). Very limited parking. No restroom facilities at trailhead. Dogs permissible on leash (until signage indicates leash may be removed partway up the trail); poop bags and trash bin available at trailhead. Very easy hike with a rewarding view across the valley from the scenic outlook point.

Try this hike at sunset for a beautiful view and free parking!

Parking at Albertsons and crossing the foot bridge makes parking easy and free for this hike. Be prepared for lots of uphill - mostly gradual with some steep. I like this route up Sentinel due to the tree cover. Easy to make a loop by heading down via the M trail.

5 months ago

Great views of Missoula. A quick 30 minutes. Not too difficult.

hiking
5 months ago

Good view of the stadium 5-5

Great hike roughly 2hr round trip with slow steady speed;) Go early before sun hits mountain!

hiking
5 months ago

High diversity of landscaping, with view on the city and paths in the forest. The hike is about 17k and accessible to all. Need to use alltrails.com to find the right paths...

Another beautiful summer day and cool enough to hike this beast! Parked near Griz Gateway no issues because it's Sunday. Dappled sunlight all the way up. Had my dog Otis jump in the river right before the hike & maybe I should've too! But it's crisp today for mid summer, in the 70s right now, high of 81. This is usually a perfect fall hike but the tree cover is keeping us cool enough today. Would not recommend this hike if it was weather in the 90's unless you leave real early. My favorite hike around Missoula by far! It's less baron than the other hikes and less trafficked. You have to walk quite a ways down Kim Williams trail and turn right at the white metal sign that says day use only. The trail is definitely at least moderate but not painstakingly long, it'll take you right up over Mount Sentinel where there's a variety of routes back down.

trail running
5 months ago

My second hike it Montana , definitely a workout if your not used to hiking I was out of breath at the top but is definitely a must if you are looking for a trail in downtown! The view was ok today a little hazy out , it’s heavily used and can get a little congested in parts, I will definitely be back and will go all the way to the top of mount sentinel.

road biking
5 months ago

Watch for off leash dogs! while biking Saturday 7/28 i was knocked off my bike by a dog off leash (ran into my front wheel). Stitches and an afternoon in the clinic, I'll call 911 next time.

Parked at the M trail parking lot but walked around to the Kim Williams Trail and down it until it met up with the Hellgate Canyon trail. Took that up the backside of Sentinel, which provided much-appreciated shade, sporadic thimbleberries, and occasional views of the river and East Missoula. Hiked to the top of Sentinel and then back down the front side and down the M trail for a total of about 5.8 miles. Really enjoyable. Hazy views though due to smoke in the sky from nearby wildfires (which still didn’t dampen my enjoyment of it). All in all, a great hike.

Nice view of the river with a few outlets to swim. We found the tiny waterfall at the beginning of our hike which was why we picked this trail and was a little disappointed. But the swim made it all worth the walk.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view from the top of Mount Sentential! We started at the M Hike and continued to the top. It was quite strenuous for moderately in shape people. Once you got passed the M it was very quiet. Took about 3 hours to do the about 4.5 mile hike. The parking lot has $1.50 per hour so plan accordingly, 3 hours was perfect with about 20 minutes to spare (and we took a handful of breaks on the trail). Well worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice location for a trailhead. The hike itself is a little populated and exposed to direct sun the whole time. Views at the top are great. Good hike for an exercise regimen.

Good for running and biking as the path is wide and flat gravel. However I find it overly populated, lots of litter and human activity, and somewhat of a boring trail. The nice thing is it's so close to town. Otherwise there are better local trails IMO.

30-40 minutes up to the M. 1.5 to the top. After the first tree line above the M a long rather banal hike around to the other side. Very quiet and great views at the top, however. Only saw two other people on a Saturday near the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful scenery and perfect for a quick workout!

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of Missoula and it’s such a short hike with plenty of nice resting spots that the steady incline isn’t bad.

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