Sentinel Hill Climb
The newest editions to the growing number of Runner’s Edge Races, the Sentinel Hill Climb is a continuation of our mission of providing unique and fun running events to the Missoula area community. This challenging race is conducted on Montana’s most well used trail, the trail to the “M” above the University of Montana. Test your uphill skills on the close to 2000 ft climb to the top of Mt Sentinel. Enjoy post race goodies from Great Harvest Bread Company and sip hot cocoa out of your finishers award, A Sentinel Hill Climb Mug! Come enjoy a great community event, supporting the UM Tri Team!
Walkers, hikers, scramblers, climbers, men, women and children all welcome!!!
“M” Trail Parking Lot (University of Montana)
Sentinel Hill Climb: 2.25 Miles. 1970 Feet of Elevation Gain.
This thrasher of a course goes up up up from the start at the ‘M trail parking lot and finishes on the proud summit of Mount Sentinel. The first 1/3 of the climb follows the ‘M’ trail. After passing the ‘M’ Hill Climbers will have the option to take either the NW ridge route to the summit or keep ascending past the fireroad on the West Face route which continues up the west face of Mt. Sentinel. The NW Ridge trail is quite a bit steeper, though it is almost a half mile shorter than the West Face Route. So for you competitive Hill Climbers, the NW Ridge route is normally a few minutes faster!
Sentinel Hill Climb Course Map (The long Route)
- Online Registration Only
- Early Registration: $20 (until October 17th)
- Late Registration: $25 (October 18st -October 25th)
- Registration will open back up at 9 AM on Race Day at the M Parking Lot if spots are still available. Race Day Registration costs $25.
What everyone gets:
- A great race on Missoula’s most iconic peak!
- Sweet Sentinel Hill Climb Mug for hot cocoa at the finish!
- Goodies from Great Harvest Bread Company
Race Day Schedule:
9:00a.m.-9:45 a.m. Race day Registration
10:00 a.m. – Sentinel Hill Climb Start
11:00 a.m. – Awards will be back in the ‘M’ Trail Parking Lot following the race.
- $100 cash to King and Queen of the Hill Climb!
- $50 cash incentive to first male and female to reach the “M” on their way to the top of Sentinel!
- Also Awards for age group winners. Age Group Awards will be native plants donated by the Friends of the ‘M’ Trail.
This event is limited to 200 Participants
UM Tri Team:
A portion of the proceeds to this event go to the U of M Tri Team. They will be selling Tri Team T-shirts and Hoodies as a fundraiser as well at the race. Learn more about this great club on their Facebook Page!
Friends of the “M” Trail:
The Sentinel Hill Climb and “M” trail Trot are both conducted solely on U of M land. If you would like to support UM’s efforts to work with the broader Missoula community in providing stewardship and maintenance of Mt Sentinel’s much-loved and much-used trails, please consider making a donation in any amount to the Friends of the M Trail. There will be an envelope available at registration and packet pick up. This account at the UM Foundation supports trail work days, contracted trail and forest thinning work, and various restoration projects in Mt. Sentinels grasslands and forests. Your donation is entirely tax deductible.
Learn more about The Friends of the M Trail and opportunities to help HERE.
Contact The Runner’s Edge at 728-9297, or email Race Director Mike Foote at Mike@runnersedgemt.com