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

7 days 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.

What a beautiful hike! Be careful to pay attention to where to get back on the trail head if you traverse up the rocks to the summit. We had a few panic moments trying to find the trail head out after we came down off that gorgeous peak. There were not a lot of cairin's built ... maybe build a few on your way up through the rocks and closer to the trail head especially.

26 days ago

EASY TRAIL MY REAR END....this isn't an easy trail, I dont know why it says it is. you have to drive up this gravel road for a while as your driving up this mountain, not bad. of course GPS and all trails is not very accurate, your going up a mountain. so, when you get to the beginning of the trail, that's where the incline starts. the whole way up is an incline. there's a lot of downed trees and burned stumps and trees. the trail is pretty narrow. there's a few places that the trail jets off in different directions. I'd look at GPS and all trails to make sure I'm on the right path and, they both showed me off the main trail but going in the correct direction. your up on a mountain, GPS wont be very accurate. the whole way up is an incline hike that eventually tires your legs, I had to stop a few times. I dont see bringing kids on this hike. again, it's not an easy hike. half way up, I heard a grunt, I looked to my right and, this black thing ran off into the trees. wasn't sure what it was, I got a tiny glimpse and it was quick. I had ideas that I didn't want to think about but, I was nervous the rest of the way up. later as I was talking to the locals, they said yeah, we were warned that black bears might be in the area. I eventually reached the top and, I was hoping to see snow capped mountains but, there was way too much smoke from the fires in glacier national park. but, the other side on top was more clear and, you got to see the vastness and awe of how high you were up. it was also kind of windy. despite the smoke, the views were still pretty awesome. its a good hike up, I'd say not for kids and, not easy but, still pretty cool.

28 days ago

First overnight trip for my 11 year old. Choose this because of the easy grade, although the 3.5 miles to be able to camp was a bit far for his first time I think. Had a nice time though, and the creek water felt great on the way back under hot sun. Didn’t see any critters.

Awesome for kids! My toddler had a blast looking at birds, bugs, pinecones, and throwing rocks into the river. Easy gravel/dirt trail. Lots of shade. Minimal foot traffic on a weekend morning. The river is beautiful!

Always enjoy the Rattlesnake.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Beautiful easy hiking trail along the river.

Did this trail with my husband and 8 year old son. It took us a couple of hours and was pretty easy. We took a detour trail down the middle and the rejoined the trail described here. While it was a little longer it was beautiful and worth doing.

1 month ago

If you live closer to sea level, like me, this approximately 1,000 foot climb in a mile, at 6,000 feet, is extremely strenuous.

The view is worth the climb. Great panoramic view at the top, if you are willing to climb up the rocks on the butte.

1 month ago

Nice scenery but it needs more shade

1 month ago

Good view of the stadium 5-5

Great view of Missoula. As a Canadian boy used to hiking big mountains in Banff and Jasper, I heavily under estimated this hike. The steepness of the trail is not to be taken lightly. Great hike. Can reach the summit in under an hour.

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


1 month 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...

Fun short beginner trail. Brought 3 kids and a new puppy and all did very well.

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
1 month ago

***July 14th, just late in posting. Awesome hike & run! I felt the trek through the first maybe 4-5 miles through the valley was a little stuffy. After that though in gaining elevation the views and terrain started opening up. The views of the lakes towards the top were incredible! And the scramble to the summit was pretty crazy but well worth it.

1 month ago

It was a good short hike for cardio and to get the lay of the land of Missoula. A. It dry and uninspired to look at but there were a few blooms of sunflowers near the L that perked the view. Max an hour of your a regular/athletic hiker. Check it out!

trail running
1 month 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.

Went 2 weeks ago before haze from wildfire smoke moved in and the views were fantastic. The getting there part and the hike itself left a little to be desired. The road is very rough on the way up so be aware of that. The hike through the forest was pleasant if you like wooded hikes and was pretty easy. There were a TON of mosquitoes though. The scramble to the peak is definitely a scramble and will take a decent amount of time to complete. You’re scrambling over large boulders, that as per usual scrambling, aren’t always well-seated or stable. It’s certainly doable though. However, be ware of the tufted bits of grass here and there amongst the boulders. I stepped on one that wasn’t totally rooted in, lost my balance and fell thigh-first into the knife edge of one of the boulders, ripped my pants, gashed and severely bruised my thigh and tore up the palm of my hand. Despite all the blood and gore, I refused to NOT go to the top, and it really was a beautiful view from up there. Just be very careful on the rocks and grass tufts. The little pikas that came out on our way down were especially wonderful. And the mountain bluebirds and Clark’s nutcrackers were gorgeous. Nice hike overall, just knocked it down a couple stars due to the road in and the long scramble at the top. (Also, total clocked distance for me was 7.6 miles.)

road biking
1 month 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. Quick hike. But beware of no shade.

This trail is not near Sawmills Gultch. It is part of the Wallman trail.

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