MISSOULA – Mount Sentinel’s M trailhead at the University of Montana will be remodeled in the coming weeks to improve access to one of the state’s most popular hiking trails.
UM Natural Areas Specialist Marilyn Marler says demolition of the existing trailhead could begin as early as Friday, Aug. 8, and construction of the new trailhead will take about two weeks. The trail to the M is open during construction and the public can walk around the work zone to reach the trail at the top of the stairs.
The new design aims to facilitate better traffic flow and access at the trailhead and also will feature space to post information relevant to hikers. There also will be an area for donor recognition.
The project is funded by donations from local organizations, businesses and individuals. Run Wild Missoula, Missoula’s running club, is the lead donor on the remodel with a $16,000 cash donation. Montana Native Landscapes and WGM Group made significant in-kind donations and about a dozen local individuals and businesses made cash donations as well.
The project is still accepting donations, which can be made online at http://www.mtrail.org or by calling Marler at 406-544-7189. Those who donate $500 or more will receive an engraved capstone at the new trailhead.