How it Works:
You will have the entire week of Monday, September 21st through Sunday, September 27th to complete your Virtual Sentinel Hill Climb and upload your results to RunSignUp.
Beginning at top of the stairs at the trailhead for the “M”, follow the standard Sentinel Hill Climb course along the “M” trail to the “M”, and the Ridge Trail to the summit (see course map below).
For this year only, we’ll be holding a canine division for the Sentinel Hill Climb! We just ask that you please keep your dog on a leash while running up Mount Sentinel. During registration, you will be prompted with the option to enter your dog’s name if you’d like to enter the canine division.
Please practice proper COVID trail etiquette during your Hill Climb. Make your presence known to other trail users and practice social distancing. The M-trail is the most popular trail in Western Montana; consider running your Hill Climb during off-hours to reduce crowding on this steep single-track.
7.28.20 – 9.27.20
- A great race on Missoula’s most iconic mountain!
- 2020 edition Sentinel Hill Climb Mug. Mugs will be available for pick up at The Runner’s Edge a few weeks after the event.
- A Big Dipper Ice Cream cone card
- $100 cold hard cash to King and Queen of the Hill Climb
You will have from Monday, September 21st – Sunday, September 27th to complete the course and upload your time to RunSignUp. To upload your results, follow the directions below.
- Log on to your RunSignUp account.
- Click on the profile icon at the top right of the webpage, select “Profile”.
- Scroll down to “Upcoming Races” and click on “Submit Virtual Results”.
- Submit your Hill Climb result!
For more information on results submission, visit this webpage.
The Sentinel Hill Climb starts at the base of Mount Sentinel in the ‘M’ Parking Lot on the University of Montana Campus
Parking is available in the ‘M’ Trail Parking Lot and is limited. Surrounding lots require a University parking pass.
The Kids “M” Trail Climb
We will not be offering a virtual version of the Kid’s Fun Run to the “M” this year. Our Kid’s Fun Run is normally facilitated by volunteers from the Big Dipper Running team, which isn’t possible this year. Although we will miss the Kid’s Fun Run to the “M”, we still encourage you to take your child up to the “M” during the week of the Hill Climb, or even bring them to the top of Sentinel!
This demanding course gains 1,970 feet in only 1.6 miles, beginning from the ‘M’ trail parking lot and finishing on the proud summit of Mount Sentinel. The first 1/3 of the climb follows the ‘M’ trail while the remainder follows the Northwest ridge trail to the summit.
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Friends of the ‘M’ Trail:
The Sentinel Hill Climb is conducted solely on University of Montana property. 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. Your donation is entirely tax deductible.
Learn more about The Friends of the M Trail and opportunities to help HERE.
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