Big Beacon Mount Wire Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews

Big Beacon Mount Wire Trail is a 4.7 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 best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.7 miles 2093 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

trail running
31 minutes ago

Perfect running day!!

1 hour ago

hiking
8 hours ago

great views at the top. fairly muddy in towards the top with the snow melt right now.

hiking
1 day ago

3 days ago

Great hike!

5 days ago

good moderate hike for the start in prep for kings peak.

6 days ago

Fun. Don't miss that turn above the gravelly hill on the way down!

6 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

There's a nice radio tower to climb up and just stare down at the valley when you get to the top

1 month ago

Definitely do not try going down the right part of the loop without a pair of pants you can ruin by sliding on your butt or some sort of specialized equipment. I'm not a native, but I've never been on this steep and rocky of a trail in my life. Probably really fun to sled on in the winter, though!

1 month ago

Good hike to do in the evening.

1 month ago

Great hike, still a little snow and muddy in spots. The steep "short" part of the trail was a little tough coming down on the knees but the hike was gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

A great Sunday hike that ended at the "living room". A tad muddy in a section

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1 month ago

Solid training hike for spring and winter