Big Beacon Mount Wire Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Mt. Wire (commonly referred to as Big Beacon by locals) is one of the prominent foothill peaks due east of downtown Salt Lake City. The peak is easily recognized by the two large reflector panels just south of the summit, used for transmitting telephone signals between Salt Lake and Park City. Atop Mt. Wire is an old airway beacon, which you can climb should you desire an extra 25 feet of elevation. While Mt. Wire is a relatively low elevation peak, it is an outstanding spring hike of over 2,000 vertical feet with incredible views in every direction, rampant wildflowers, and wildlife that includes the occasional rattlesnake or mountain lion. In most years the peak can be hiked free of snow in April, and is an excellent tune up for the bigger mountains.
Excellent local hike. The stone Adirondacks are a great place to soak in the views. We ran up and down and enjoyed the wide and well maintained paths. Lower elevation and less risk of snow in the early fall compared to other local SLC hikes.
Dusty trail that is NOT in the Red Butte Canyon Natural Area.
As others indicated, it's a little hard to find the right path at the beginning, I had to keep checking the map on the app to navigate the first half mile. You may want to do an out and back on the left side going clockwise, the other side is intense because it's loose gravel and straight downhill. I couldn't stand up and ended up sitting on my feet and pushing myself down with my hands (it was actually a blast!) but I can see most people not wanting to go rock skiing.
This is a fantastic sunset hike. U can hit the living room, red butte then mount wire. All great views of golden hour.... I also don't recommend the loop, it's dangerous coming down, especially at night. I had to slide down a few spots in the dark.
Fun first hike in Salt Lake City.
Tower at top.
As others have mentioned:
1. The Big beacon is gone, removed a few years back. Mostly I hear people call it Mt. Wire or Wire Peak now.
2. The route is a little hard to find if you don't know what you're looking for. I like to park on top of Colorow dr/Connor Rd at a trailhead there, and if you go uphill you quickly cross the BST and the trail up George's Hollow is almost straight across (just a little jog to the right if I recall). After crossing/leaving the BST stay R at your first couple major forks, staying down in the bottom of the draw. About 1/2 mile after leaving the BST you reach a ridge, and from there climb into another draw. If you want to go to the living room, turn L on the larger trail, but if you want to climb wire peak stay straight up the draw. It's pretty straightforward from there.
3. The various routes down the main ridges of Mt. Wire suck unless you're a mountain goat. I recommend just turn around and go down the way you came.
This is a lovely hike with at least fair shade, and the rocks of red butte (it's worth the short walk to the edge of the cliff from the saddle) and the lookout tower on top add interest for kids. Not too crazy steep as long as you take the marked route up. Dogs are allowed.
It's a good hiking, but nothing much to see. Go with pants, a lot of small bushes in the way. If you want go all the path, be careful. The way down is kinda dangerous, full of small rocks and really leveled, had to go down sitting and using hands or I would certainly fall and wouldn't be writing this review. The way up is moderate but the way down is hard. The top of the peak has a really nice view.
The steep leg of the loop is difficult. You can skip it though.
nice elevation gain to do in the morning as it is not shaded.
Great entrant to elevation change from the east coast. Drink at least 1L of h2o by the time you summit. Be mindful of afternoon thunderstorms that will catch you off guard
Not a super great hike too close to the city and not to much to see.
This is a very exposed hike. There is little shade offered on the way up. It isn't horrifically steep, but definitely has quite the incline. Definitely not one to do in the middle of summer in the middle of the day, but the view up at the top is astounding, Well worth the trek.
The trail up is great, we followed the track here, which is an unmarked trail straight down the ridge and I would never come down that way again. All three of us were sliding on our buts part of the way and my 7 year old slid and fell a dozen times. Take the longer way down on the marked trail!
Loved his hike!! Trail is not well marked, especially where to start. Once on it, not hard to follow. Steep, and got the heart rate up, but Beautiful wildflowers, abundant. It was unseasonably hot (100*F) and not a ton of shade. Bring water! Breathtaking, 360* views from the top. Definitely go up the tower! If you do the loop, vs out and back, proceed with caution as the descent is very steep. Had to slide on my butt/feet at the very end as it was arguably unsafely steep, especially atop loose rock and sand. Makes for not great footing. All in all, the views at the top are absolutely worth it!
Love this trail! Amazing sunset view! The first part of the trail is the same trail as the "living room" trail. Not well marked at the beginning. Lots of wildlife such as rattlesnakes and deer.
Good trail once you find it. It isn't marked and the loop portion was totally unclear. To be fair though, I did do it in a snow storm and the ground was dusted when I left the summit. Did this two months ago. Quick steep hike, but partial to other summits in the foothills.
We had a great time hiking Mount Wire. The ridge portion of the hike was hard to spot at first from BST, so I saved the intersection on Google so we'd know where to begin the hike. It was also very exposed and dry, so be sure to bring plenty of water (wish I'd brought more). Solid workout, beautiful wild flowers and great views from the top. Would definitely do this again, really easy access from SLC for a quick day/evening hike.
This was the first hike I did after moving to SLC and I still do it often as its so convenient and quick. There are like 4 or 5 different ways up Mt Wire and they all have their quirks. My favorite is starting at the gravel parking lot next to the zoo, going up the southern face and then looping back around via the western rocky Ridgeline through the living room. FYI the elevation gain coming from the Sunnyside Ave trailhead is about 2200ft.