Big Beacon Mount Wire Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah 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.
What a great hike with great views of the whole Salt Lake Valley and a profile view of the wasatch front. Lots of animals up there this time of year. Moose, elk, and lots of deer. Lots of snow too but the trail is mostly packed down by other hikers. I especially enjoyed the crows nest tower at the top that gives an elevated perspective to the surrounding area. I don't think I'll hit the living room again without making the extra effort to summit as well. Well worth it.
As described the trail is lightly traveled and completely exposed. The views in to the neighboring canyons made the whole run worth it, they were breathtaking. The trail itself had a fair amount of elevation gain at the end. Expect a moderately steep path both up and down.
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.