Explore the most popular forest trails near Missoula with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I think it’s a trail that’s more interesting for mountain biking. Very little views.

For a quick local hike, it was fun! Great views from the summit.

I created a nice loop about 4.5 miles heading out along the river on Kim Williams Nature Trail, then turn up Hellgate Canyon Trail to the summit of Mount Sentinel, then down the face of Mount Sentinel on the M trail. This gives you a much more interesting ascent, and more gradual though still hard work, through beautiful forest with occasional views of the river. Still some snow on the trail in patches but I was fine in sneakers. We didn’t meet anyone else on the mountain coming up that way on a Saturday morning. Lovely to have the trail to ourselves. Coming down the M was busy.

Great trail for running/biking. There can be sketchy characters lurking... which is why I gave it only 4 stars. I have come across little homeless camps and stray campers (one time the hikers behind me had to call the police on one of the tents due to "aggressive activity" so be aware.

great trail. a lot of everything to see and do

This is trail is still very snowy with bad ice in some spots. I highly recommend wearing snow cleats. I didn’t bring cleats so I had to turn around at the switchback because I couldn’t even make it up that without falling. Will try again in a month or so.

Although this is not a very long trail I found it to be a pretty intense climb. It had beautiful views and I was rewarded with paragliders when I reached the summit. Would definitely go again!

live right below it, it's a 10-20 minute drive to the trail head from my house love the views but be warned if you go to the small lake below make sure you have plenty of water it takes a good hour to two hours just to get down plus an additional 3 to get up due to the steepness of the back side was driving in arlee and you could just see how steep the other side was compared to the ninemile side definitely a must do if you like to hike.

Nice little hike to the top, not too difficult, after the "m" it gets quiet and offers wonderful views of the ancient lake bed now known as missoula...

Nice little hike to the top, not too difficult, after the "m" it gets quiet and offers wonderful views of the ancient lake bed now known as missoula...

Nice little hike to the top, not too difficult, after the "m" it gets quiet and offers wonderful views of the ancient lake bed now known as missoula...

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Nice trail for winter fun like snowshoeing, cross country skiing or fat tire biking. Quite crowded, at least over the holidays, but everyone seems pretty happy to be out in the magical snowy wonderland. Wide trail, fairly easy and mild. Gorgeous views, and you follow the creek off and on along the way. Only did a few miles today, but excited to go back for more!

Easy, great for mountain biking.

6 months ago

Nothing special.

Great trail for walking your dog or mountain biking. Many different options available.

Pretty trail, marked poorly though

Alright trail. The views were mostly obscured by trees, but if you go left on trail 24.1 at the "end" of this trail, you can get to an overlook pretty quickly. Stay on 24.1 (don't veer right into 28.3) and it'll be pretty obvious when you get there. There's what looks line a split in the trail but really the one to the right just goes to a slightly higher overlook and comes right down next to the lower one, so go either way.

It's a great hike. Easily accessible. It's very easy and not to much nature, which is why I have it a 3 instead of higher. Still a beautiful, enjoyable trail.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a nice day-hiker. Bring lots of water since there's only one little spring about halfway up and it could be dry July and later. Not much for views till you get to the top but it's worth the climb. Cheers

Hiked the M in late-April at the recommendation of a local. Nice little introduction to Missoula.

Nice loop. Map at the trailhead is helpful as loop crosses several other routes in the forrest.

Nice hike, don't forget to lift your sight from the rocks and roots. The beargrass fields are a nice place to look in all directions. The boulder hoping at the top is doable. The 360 degree at the top is unique.

Incredible views from the top. The trail is relatively easy and flat 75% of the trip. Toughest part is the last climb to the top over talus rock. Well worth every step.

hiking
10 months ago

Decent enough hike, you can make it as long or short as you want. Trail sections off at many points and even has a trail going to the top of Mt Sentinel.

little longer then posted and get a map

Amazing hike, not for the weak or faint of heart! At this time of year there is still snow up there!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Road our bikes to Franklin Bridge last Friday. First Mtn bike ride for my girls and they did great. Wildflowers beautiful, White Tail and Mule Deer and our second run-in with a year old Blond black bear just off the trail. Other hikers, walkers and cyclists were courteous. The creek is still pumping!

Wow. It wore me out, but it is well worth the hike.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Rode my bike up the trail about 5 miles, then hiked the rest of the trail. Amazing views from the top.

Super pretty walk :)

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