The “M” that adorns Mount Sentinel in Missoula is not the only such letter attached to a hill in a college town in Montana, but it is one of the most iconic symbols in the state. That’s due to the location immediately east of the University of Montana campus, and the coincidence that both Montana and Missoula start with “M.” The 3/4-mile hike to the letter is often described as a good workout because the 620-foot elevation gain is fairly steep. The tradeoff is that even a short walk up the trail provides a good vantage point of the campus and the town, and the views get better as you go.
Parking is available at the trailhead for a fee in a lot on Campus Drive across from Aber Hall. Benches are provided at various points along the trail. So while some college students and recreational athletes use the trail for running, visitors of all ages can make an ascent of any length, at their own pace.
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