Getting out and enjoying the public land in Montana can often be a daunting task. There are so many great places to explore that the pressure of simply choosing a hiking trail or a mountain to climb can be enough to discourage any aspiring outdoor enthusiast. The beauty of Missoula is that we have incredible open space right in our backyard.
On March 19th, a small (but lively) group of us gathered at the University Villages Community Center for a delicious chili dinner–courtesy of Big Brother Mike Alterowitz–followed by a sunset hike up the face of Mount Sentinel.
As we ascended the gradual slope of the Maurice Ave. trail, we began to see Missoula not as a city surrounded by mountains, but as a community nestled in a single valley. The open space on which we traveled provides miles of trails encircling Mount Sentinel, nearly all of which offer views of local peaks Lolo, Ch-paa-qn, and Stuart, to name a few.
We eventually found the perfect perch to watch the sun sink behind Blue Mountain, sharing laughs and soaking up the last rays of an unseasonably warm March evening. This trip would not have been possible without the help of all of our partners and volunteers–special thanks to Montana Wilderness Association, Missoula Big Brothers Big Sisters, Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, and Mike, for making dinner!
As always, keep exploring!