Explore the most popular trail running 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 went the meadow way first and then down Curry Gulch. The meadow is beautiful and it’s not difficult to hike up the gradual incline.

Great hike for views of Missoula and Bonner once you get to summit. Watching the gliders was pretty fun as well. Trail got by blood pumping and was my first official Montana hike.

Took my wife and 2 young kids (6 and 10) on this hike and they did fantastic. The second portion of the hike was the most memorable descending along a more exposed mountain side. Highly recommend :)

If your in Missoula for any amount of time it's kinda a must hike. Quick tip for starting the trail is taking the path on the right will bring you to the easier switchback and the left path is a steep ascent up to Sentinel.

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

I think this should be classified as easy-moderate. Not many views but it is a nice trail of you want to get out in the woods. Still quite a bit of snow at the top, but I was able to trek through it. I took my shoes off at the gulch because it was too wide to cross over and did not want to get soiled! Also some fallen trees and branch cluster build ups sporadically along the trail. Other than that, great trail!

hiking
29 days ago

Great quick hike right on campus! Just enough to get your heart rate up! And the view is sooo good!

hiking
29 days ago

Love The M! Great view of Missoula!

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

Nice walk. Lots of birds.

Very pleasant and mostly quiet hike. Dogs are required to be on leash on this trail but beware for the owners who believe the rules don't apply to them. I encountered 3 separate, loose dogs and was forced to pepper spray one dog who got aggressive with my dog. Otherwise a very pretty and easy hike.

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.

Beautiful loop, my pup had a blast! still quite a bit of snow so be prepared.

1 month ago

fun and close. nice view

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.

1 month ago

Great view, multiple rest spots to accommodate all level hikers!

hiking
2 months ago

I hike up here at least one a month and it's a great view of Missoula.

It’s a nice walk on a cool day, no shade or cover at all. Really pretty views of Missoula but a pretty boring hike otherwise. You can have dogs off leash and it seems pretty safe. Minimal parking.

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!

I would rate this as a moderate to easy walk. The day I went there was lots of foot traffic and I was the only person who didn’t have a dog with them

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!

Great for kids and dogs. A nice quick loop with river access along the way.

Fun hike. Lovely views of Missoula.

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