Hike Montana: The M Trail Missoula

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If you’re looking for a short but intense hike in Montana, check out the fun M trail in Missoula! You’ll get a nice leg-burner and see great views

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Last weekend we took a little trip up to Montana to take some things up to my grandma’s house and then head up to a family reunion in Missoula. Our trip up was adventurous to say the least (we almost hit some elk, lost some things out of the trailer we were hauling at 4:30 in the morning, and the tire came off the trailer later that day, then our kids got the stomach flu after we got home on Sunday).

Nothing was working out quite like we had planned on that trip and our fund were limited so we ended up making a quick trip, but all those mishaps make for entertaining stories later on! Even though the trip had it’s rough spots, we had a good time with family and even got to do a little hiking.

The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

My cousin Season, my son Gabe and I went for a short hike on Saturday morning up M trail in Missoula. We’re doing a little fun fitness challenge where we aim to walk or run 3 miles each day, so we wanted to get our miles in Saturday morning.

The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

Map image from the Missoulian website

The M trail is a short one, just about 3/4 mile long, but it’s a steep hike and strenuous. Definitely not a trail you can bring a stroller or bikes on. If you have little ones keep them close since the side of the mountain is very steep and it would be easy to slip off the trail.

The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

The trail is fairly busy, it’s a popular hike and running spot for locals. It also extends all the way to the top of Sentinal Mountain, but we just stopped at the M. Not too far up the trail and you get a nice view of the university

The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential
The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

The views from the trail are pretty amazing! And this is only about halfway up Sentinal Mountain, if you want a longer hike you can continue on up the mountain and see more

The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential
The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

The mountainside is steep!

The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

Gabe by the M. The M stands for University of Montana

The M Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

Gabe and I – photo taken by Season M

Kim Williams Nature Trail Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

After we hiked down the M trail, we went down the Kim Williams Nature trail next to the Clark Fork River. Beautiful walk! Also a popular trail for locals

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Check out other places to see and hiking in Wyoming, the Black Hills, and Montana:

Kim Williams Nature Trail in Missoula - @thefitcookie #hike #montana #trail #fitfluential

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