The "M" Trail up Sentinel Peak
We arrive in Missoula, MT for a couple of days. In the distance, the "M" for "University of Montana" on the way up to Sentinel Peak. There are many hiking options around the area but we needed to check out at 11am and the trail head was less than 2 miles so....
....I drove through the campus to park. I know, I should have walked but and will next time now that I know how to get there through nice neighborhoods.
The climb to the "M" is rather steep, having an average grade of 20% through many switchbacks.
The sun has not yet risen above the mountain as I pause to take a pic of the slope I am ascending but finally....
....reach the base of the "M". Great views as I turn and look.....
....at the campus below me. I continued up and soon saw....
....the rising sun. Kind of hazy as the wind has shifted from the southeast and is now bringing in smoke from our east.
I pass an abandoned copper mine. I've ready too many reports of bear sightings so decide not to go in and explore. ha, ha.
I continue up and reach a ridge trail that continues up to the peak but decide to descend via the ridge trail rather than continue up. OK, full disclosure, hiking alone and entering a forested area gave me pause cause I'm sure there are herds of grizzlies in there. I walk a short distance toward a valley and see....
....the sun reflecting off the water of a river. I stand for quite awhile and take....
....more pics from this vantage point.....
....beautiful! Only had 2.7 miles with 1150' of climbing. Am enjoying the drive through states not previously visited but wish there was more time to do things like this. What a view!!!
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