KIM WILLIAMS NATURE TRAIL
Elevation gain: None
Named in remembrance of Missoula naturalist Kim Williams, the trail follows the old Milwaukee Railroad grade for 2.5 miles through a 134-acre natural area in Hellgate Canyon. It's a good example of a "Rails to Trails" project an abandoned railroad right of way converted to a trail.
Feel like getting away from it all, but don't have time to leave town? Take a walk, run, bicycle ride or horseback ride down the Kim Williams Nature Trail, the eastern-most segment of the riverfront city park and trail system.
The wide flat pathway can comfortably accommodate a variety of uses. It's a good choice for people with small children and those not interested in or capable of a strenuous outing. You'll find plenty to enjoy along the way.
The river is on your left as you head east from town. The steep slopes of Mount Sentinel tower above you to the right. Diverse riparian plant communities in this corridor provide valuable wildlife habitat just a stone's throw from town.
Along the greenway, you can see an abundance of birds: great blue herons, bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, song sparrows and dippers, to name a few. White-tailed deer, mountain lion and black bear use the trail as a travel corridor. Watch for chipmunks on talus slopes. If you're quiet, you may see a fawn and doe drinking at river's edge.
Hikers and equestrians can travel from Kim Williams Trail to the top of Mount Sentinel on the Hellgate Canyon Trail.