Big Beacon Mount Wire Trail

MODERATE 141 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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2089 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

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.

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20 days ago

I did this Thanksgiving morning. I went up to the Living Room on the much less used trails behind the Museum of Natural History, and then got on the Mount Wire trail that starts at the sharp U-turn in the back of the canyon where the mail Living Room trail comes up. Note that it appears that climbing up to up to the Living Room is a very popular thing to do on Thanksgiving, but very few people take the trail to Mount Wire. It's not very interesting at first, as you are just going uphill through the trees, but then you emerge out into open terrain and the views are great. There's a 4 way intersection in the trail where you need to take a sharp right turn to get up to Mount Wire, which involves some significant elevation gain over a short distance. The views are worth it, and it is awesome to think that you can have access to something like this right off the city streets. The tower is surrounded by a chain link fence topped with barb wire, but the gate is open, so you can climb up the ladder if you are so inclined. There are various trails going off in different directions from the tower, so that would be fun to explore sometime. Going down there were hordes of people coming up the Living Room trail, which right now is spectacularly and inconveniently muddy in some places.

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Fun and low traffic once you get past the Living Room. Awesome view of the valley and the radio tower is a cool climb if you're up for it.

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Hiked this today. I really enjoyed it! I feel a moderate rating is appropriate. It was an incline the entire way up so no flat areas, but it wasn't as grueling as some other hikes in the area. The last mile or so is steep and I felt myself resting more frequently. The elevation contributed to that as well.
There is a small tower a the summit that's fun/scary to climb. If you climb it though, you get an uninterrupted 360 degree view of the valley. Breathtaking. If you go in the fall you'll be rewarded with some beautiful foliage.

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This was one of the most beautiful sunset hikes I've done! It's definitely very steep, and I slipped almost the whole way down but the sunset views were well worth it. It's pretty open for a majority of the hike but it does get pretty narrow/woodsy up one trail to the top. The living room is a great place to watch the sunset if you don't want to go all the way up.

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