The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Mount Sentinel Photos (Click to Enlarge)

The “M” on Mount Sentinel is one of Missoula’s most iconic and frequently photographed landmarks.  Click on the images below to enlarge the photos and use the right-hand arrow to scroll through the images.   Photos are brought to you by various Missoula photographers.  We’ll constantly be adding to our galleries–so check back frequently.  All images are copyrighted and downloading or copying is strictly prohibited.

Read the Story of the “M” as well as the History of Missoula and Glacial Lake Missoula.

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Fort Missoula Old Clothing Repair Shop Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Fort Missoula Old Cl...
Sweet Evening Sky. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Sweet Evening Sky. &...
Mount Sentinel Fall, Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Mount Sentinel Fall,...
Departure Missoula, Montana  ©Mark Mesenko.  Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Departure Missoula, ...
Campus Colors Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Campus Colors Missou...
Slope above the M taken from the UM campus. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Slope above the M ta...
Indian Summer Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko.
Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Indian Summer Missou...
View of Missoula from the M. ©Mark Payton. www.markpaytonphotography.com
View of Missoula fro...
Fading to Winter Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Fading to Winter Mis...
Mount Sentinel - Pretty Summer Evening. Photo by Tim Blodgett
Mount Sentinel - Pre...
Two Sentinels Missoula, Montana - June 2008 ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Two Sentinels Missou...
Morning Has Broken Hellgate Canyon River Mist Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Morning Has Broken H...
The "M" from the riverfront sidewalk (in front of the Holiday Inn Parkside Downtown).  Photo by Carol Blodgett.
The "M" fr...
Mount Sentinel, shot from Blue Mountain, © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Mount Sentinel, shot...
Missoula Osprey Missoula, Montana ©Mark Mesenko. Mount Sentinel in the background. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Missoula Osprey Miss...
Cloud Dam Missoula, Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mensko.com
Cloud Dam Missoula, ...
M-orning Light Missoula Montana © Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
M-orning Light Misso...
Paragliders taking off from Mt. Sentinel and Landing on the Moon. Photo by Mariah Crossland.
Paragliders taking o...
Washington Grizzly Stadium and the M.  ©Mark Payton.  www.markpaytonphotography.com
Washington Grizzly S...
Waiting on the morning sun. ©Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Waiting on the morni...
Hiking the M Trail. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Hiking the M Trail. ...
Slope above the M taken from the UM campus. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Slope above the M ta...
Arrow Leaf Balsamroot on Mount Sentinel. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Arrow Leaf Balsamroo...
Mountain Bike on Mount Sentinel. Photo by Nelson Kenter. All Rights Reserved. Prints available at www.kenterphotography.com
Mountain Bike on Mou...
Mount Sentine, Mount Jumbo and Fort Missoula. Photo by Mark Mesenko. Prints available at www.mesenko.com
Mount Sentine, Mount...

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