Earlier this year, I finally did something I had been meaning to do ever since I moved to Missoula in 2018 - I made it to the top of the M trail!

Maybe that's not a big deal to some people (like you crazy ones who run up the entire thing every day, I have no idea how you do it), but it felt like a rite of passage for anybody that lives in Missoula. And over the past few months, some renovations have been happening over at the M trail to make it even more accessible to people who are getting ready for their hike.

ABC Fox Montana actually got to speak to some of the hikers on the trail to get their reactions to the new changes, which includes fixing stairs, adding new benches, extending switchbacks, reducing tripping hazards, improving water damage, and adding new fencing. Some were longtime M trail hikers, others were just checking it out for the first time, but all seemed impressed by the work done on the trail.

Volunteers have been hard at work for over 1300 hours to make these improvements, and they'll be back in the fall to add more memorial benches, too.

Have you stopped by the M trail recently and noticed all these new changes they've made to it? What do you think about them?

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

LOOK: Here are 25 ways you could start saving money today

These money-saving tips—from finding discounts to simple changes to your daily habits—can come in handy whether you have a specific savings goal, want to stash away cash for retirement, or just want to pinch pennies. It’s never too late to be more financially savvy. Read on to learn more about how you can start saving now. [From: 25 ways you could be saving money today]

LOOK: 30 fascinating facts about sleep in the animal kingdom