Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah

Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah

West Mountain (6,904 ft) is the large summit right at the south end of Utah Lake. There are several routes you can take but the easiest is to simply follow the ridge from the radio towers. You can drive all the way to the towers, then hike 2.8 miles to the true summit of the range. This mountain offers amazing views of Utah Lake, and the Wasatch 7 Peaks! But be careful - there is target shooting all around the base of this mountain so wear bright colors, and make sure you dog also wears a hunting vest, such as the Ruffwear Track Jacket (this is what Charlie wears).

This hike has very little shade and zero water. Be sure to start hiking early to beat the heat. Even on the day we hiked it was only 60-65F and Charlie was way too hot; we should have started much earlier than 10am, but also didn't realize the drive from Spanish Fork would take an hour because it looks so close. Another warning - this is a popular area for ATVs and Dirt Bikes so make sure you have a leash handy to get out of the way. The earlier you start, the better chance you'll see less of them.

Head south on I-15 and take exit 253, turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Turn right on 3200 West. Left at the next stop sign, 7300 S Street. In 3 miles, turn right on S 5600 W Street (right as the road curves left, you want to turn right). The road turns left again on W 7200 S, then right S 6000 W. At the stop sign, turn left on W 6400 S, then right on Lincoln Beach Rd. Reset your odometer right as you turn on this curved section of road - drive 1.7 miles then turn left onto the dirt road. There are several dirt road turn-offs so make sure you drive the full 1.7 miles. From here follow the dirt road all the way to the radio towers, another 15-20 minute drive. You'll quickly drive by this sign. Here is a driving map.
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
4x4 isn't required, but a small car would also be very uncomfortable on this road. An SUV or larger is best. Park at the top by the radio towers. Drive time from the Spanish Fork area to the towers is about 1 hour.


Distance: 6 miles RT
Elevation gain: 500 ft (but both ways, so really 1k)
Time: 2-4 hours 
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash (but wear hunter orange)
Kid friendly? Yes, for older kids
Fees/Permits? None

Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
We parked right at the radio towers, then started hiking South along the ridge following the ATV road.
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
Cloud cover to start which made it feel cool, but it sure warmed up fast!
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
You can clearly see the trail the entire way. Don't forget that you will have to hike up all this on the way back!
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
The mountain was so green in April! We even say three types of wildflowers.
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
Ahh, one patch of snow left - Charlie's favorite!
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
That is the face of, 'Ugh, a steep hill again!" There are really only two sections are are pretty steep, but they are short-lived.
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
At the top of the first big hill, Charlie takes in his view. From here, we could clearly see the summit!
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
The second big hill thankfully has trees nearby if you get too hot.
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
We made it to the summit in 1 hour 15 minutes hiking at a casual pace. This type of tower is called a "Triangulation Tower" - you can learn more about them here. You'll see these on a lot of Utah peaks.
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
Official summit marker. This summit didn't have a register to write your name down, sadly. Maybe the next person who hikes it wants to bring up a piece of tupperware and paper/pen?!
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
Another successful summit - be sure to record your peaks on PeakBagger.com!
Hiking West Mountain (6,904 ft), Utah
After we got back to the cars David and I "bagged" West Mountain North Peak - a whole 5 minute walk from the car haha but it sure made for a nice photo with Utah Lake below! What a great day!

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