Mount Wire (Big Beacon)

Posted: 8th October 2010 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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Fall Colors

Fall Colors

After near-record heat lately, today definitely felt different. At nearly ten degrees below average for this time of year, the weather was cooler for this hike than it’s been in quite some time. And my dog, Suki, seemed to appreciate that. There was actually a slight drizzle as I started the hike. But it eased off later on.

Nearing the Summit

Nearing the Summit

Another fairly steep hike, this one climbs over 2,000 feet in just over an hour. I parked on Colorow Road at the trailhead, just North of Huntsman Way. The trail crosses the Bonneville Shoreline trail before starting up the mountain in earnest. After gaining some fairly quick altitude, the trail turns up on a ridge and then works it’s way into a valley for the main leg of the hike. It eventually comes to a saddle, where it turns right to go up some of the steepest slopes of the entire hike, which puts you on the summit.

Clouds on the Summit

Clouds on the Summit

There are two large reflector panels just south of the summit. And a very old airway beacon at the very top, which you can climb (no, I didn’t climb it). This same peak can also be reached from a trail that starts across the street from Utah’s Hogle Zoo. The trail from Hogle Zoo has some extremely steep areas and some parts of the trail are a bit rough and uneven.

Reflector Panels Below the Summit

Reflector Panels Below the Summit

There were a few clouds around the summit. At one point, the Sun almost came out. As it warmed the ground, clouds seem to form just below the peak and then drift off. Definitely a nice little hike. I’d like to get to the top in under an hour but that pace still eludes me on this hike.

Old Airway Beacon

Old Airway Beacon

Hike: Mount Wire (Big Beacon) (7,134 feet)
Stopwatch: One hour eight minutes from my car to the summit
Trailhead: At Colorow Road just North of Huntsman Way
Directions: Take I-15 4th south exit and continue east through downtown, up past the University of Utah, and turn left (east) on Wakara Way. Follow this up past several buildings to the end of the road. Turn right on Coldrow Road and go south. There is almost immediately a trailhead that accesses the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, but the better trailhead is a little further down the road (marked with a sign), just before the Huntsman building. Park along either side of the road.

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