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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.

26 days ago

My favorite hike.

Fun walk with great views. did it on a rainy day so we could stay on pavement.

Went for a leisurely walk today with my mini Doxie and usually enjoy this trail but I had 6 large dogs come up to us today, unleashed. Two I had to yell several times to get away as my dog couldn't move and the owner...well maybe on her phone but what people don't get is even if your dog is somewhat trained and "nice", they get excited and step on my dog. This is not okay so please leash your dog or watch it at all times. And my rating was minus 1 star due to the hundred piles of poop along the trail, need to put up doggie bags perhaps?

walking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging with some snowy parts but well worth it

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

mountain biking
2 months ago

Bike riding

Nice quick little hike

Pretty views, easy but wow, so much dog poop. It was really disappointing seeing as poop bags are provided. I felt like I was walking through a dogs toilet.

hiking
2 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.

Great little short hike. It’s gorgeous and you can access it fairly quickly on a paved road. You can crank this out pretty quickly - we did it in just over an hour and that included slowdowns for icy bridges and a dog who loves to stop and sniff everything that’s ever existed. Totally recommend!

Challenging with reward!

2 months ago

This is a great one! Challenging, rewarding, with awesome beauty. It leaves you speechless at times.

Steep climb, great workout to the top. No switch-backs, just straight up but fairly short.

Beautiful trail, panoramic views. No bears, but be on the look-out for (very polite) mountain bikers. Awesome experience! Recommend parking one car at beginning of trail and the other at end of trail. Post-hike beers at Blackfoot Brewery.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous short hike to falls. Closer to 1 1/2 Miles. Easy. Mild elevation.

2 months ago

Very nice trail for a quick hike. Uphill most of the way up, with a great view of Helena at the top! Hiked 9/20/18.

The trail was beautiful with views of mountain ranges, wild flowers and open plains. We ended up hiking around 12 miles roundtrip. The only downside is the close proximity to the freeway, but this could also be viewed as a plus if you’re looking for a easy to access trail.

Hiked up to Chestnut Mountain which is about 4.8 miles out from the trailhead...so 9.6 miles roundtrip. This was suffice for me as I was hiking for views. Great view of Frog Rock from the Chestnut Mountain trail.

fun little walk, close to home. excellent for 14 yr old dog, 11 yr old son and myself.

Hard but definitely worth it. The last creek crossing is a bit unnerving but the logs are rather steady. The views are spectacular! The wild flowers are everywhere, the creek and various falls are picturesque, all culminating in the two lakes at the top. However basically the whole hike is very steep once you pass Pine Creek Falls which makes both up and down tiring. But for those who are willing to put in the work, you will be glad you came! Also, if you can, bring a camera. And I was able to camp to the right of the smaller lake near the more western stream that comes from the western part of the falls coming from the top of the lakes. As I had to carry all my gear for the night and I didn't have polls and I am a fairly small person, it took me 4 1/2 hours to get to the top and 3 1/2 hours to get down, but that was going slow, carrying a lot of weight and trying to be careful. The trail is well trafficed but not crowded, so yes you'll see people but you can still enjoy the lonliness of the woods. All together definitely worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

We absolutely loved this hike. The elevation change was a challenge but the views and lakes were well worth it. What a great hike!

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.

Great trail! I have four littles (ages 2-7) and it was PERFECT for them! We walked right along the creek and even found a few spots you could get done to the water. The kids had a blast walking across ‘the plank’ to get to the ‘rock island’ (water was about an inch or so deep!

Will definitely be back!

Great place to dump your trash. Anita is always there to clean it up. Be sure to give her a wave as you walk past her house on the way to the falls. I like to leave plastic water bottles along the way so they're there for the next time I come through.

hiking
3 months ago

great views at first falls and as you hit switchbacks above 7000 feet. At the top, first small lakes are beautiful. Pine Creek Lake is behind last saddle. it is larger and shoreline is large boulders and rock. nice spot for lunch before descent.

Nice running trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views of the valley, and nicely shaded!

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