M Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

wild flowers

birding
24 days ago

Even when cold it is delightful. Trail icy. Wear ice grips and poles.

hiking
2 months ago

A quick hour to 1 1/2 hours depending upon speed, lunch break and scenic overlook breaks. Great for close to town and get outside hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike with great views. There are 2 paths to get to the M- one straight up with a heart pounding 1/2 mile or 1.9 miles up easier switchbacks.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great short trail if you only go to the M, but I do like to go a little further and hit the summit. My phone records 65 flights of stairs to the M. If you go all the way up to the ridge it is a much harder yet enjoyable, less traveled hike and my phone records that as 178 flights. This is a extremely busy trail and parking can be an issue but hey it’s a Bozeman must! Enjoy

hiking
5 months ago

What a nice hike! The top of the trail has an awesome view and the M is fun to see up close. This is definitely a must do for Bozeman visits! I suggest taking the more rigerous .5 mile trail to the top and then the 1.9 mile trail to the bottom, this makes for a good work out and cool down! One last peice of advice is to watch out for CAR THEFT at the trail head parking, definitely hide valubles!!

5 months ago

Another short hike or trail run if you are short on time. This trail definitely loads up with people but the different variations of the trail are nice to help spread folks out a bit on the trail. Excellent trail for those who are visiting town as you get some nice views or Bozeman and can say you hiked the "M" in Bozeman.

5 months ago

short convenient hike. Preferred drinking horse. Decent workout in that first 1/2 mile.

hiking
5 months ago

Do not do this hike in the middle of the day when it's hot. You will melt. Very little shade and very steep. A trademark hike in Bozeman, but I think drinking horse across the street is a much better hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views! Took the HARD short route up...45 minutes for .5 miles. Took the easier longer route down...20 minutes for 1-1.5 miles. Hardest climb I've done but well worth it!

5 months ago

Solid hike with a nice view of the Bozeman valley (1.5m version). Perfect for sunset. Pretty easy all-around.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. As a fair warning the .5 hike that is the hardest way to the M is steep and rocky so take your time. The longer 1.5 option is a lot easier with switchbacks. Great views from the top.

6 months ago

Nice short hike. Two complaints. Dog poop on the trail and leafy spurge everywhere. It’s going to look like Missoula before too long. Need to get some insects on the spurge.

6 months ago

The hike up the ‘M’ was great. The views and flowers were spectacular. Since I’m not a huge hiker and not it perfect shape, I felt this hike was strenuous. I was determined to get to the M though— it took me about 50 minutes going the longer trail. It was definitely worth it and I was so glad I made it to the top!

7 months ago

Had amazing views and not too far away from Bozeman! The trail was also fairly easy to hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Heavily trafficked but great views of the valley. Lots of different options to choose from which is awesome.

hiking
7 months ago

Nicely paved and easy trail for all ages for a gorgeous view of Bozeman!

hiking
8 months ago

The perfect hike for a short time allowance in the week days after work or on a time crunch.

8 months ago

lots of people lots of dogs, if you turn off to go up to Sypes, it's muddy and snowy but there is less traffic and that's where I got to bushwack and get some good pictures. Apparently M is where everyone goes to run as well.

hiking
8 months ago

Very popular and busy trail! Great views of the entire valley and definitely worth the hike!

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Beautiful trail, incredible views! Only negative are the so called responsible dog owners. Counted at least a half dozen bags of dog squeeze along the trail. One was even tied to a branch. Come on Montana, you're better than that. They even provide bags and a receptacle at the trailhead. Don't ruin it for everyone. Pack it out or leave Fido at home.

hiking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Great for a short, quick hike and dog friendly, would not agree with "moderately" traffic though. Parking lot was full as well as the trail. If you are looking for a loner hike this isn't the one. Great views!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Convenient, lots of elevation, great views. Heavily travelled but great for a quick mountain experience!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Super easy, quick hike! Always love the view of Bozeman.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A nice easy trail for most people.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beautiful day for a hike. Took the 512 shortcut going up. It was fun to see a different side of the trail.

Monday, July 03, 2017

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Lovely view a different difficulties of trails, but almost always full of people.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Love this trail, close to town and there are a lot of trail options to get to the M, from easy (still fairly strenuous) to difficult. I go with my kids (4,5 & 10) and it takes a few hours round trip and you can't beat the view from the M!

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Definitely my favorite hike so far! The hike up the shorter trail was definitely more rigorous, but still manageable. I recommend the trail above the M if you've still gas left. I got to about 7100 ft!

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