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Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

Mt.Wire is a small mountain that overlooks the University of Utah, Emigration Canyon, and Red Butte Canyon. It is conveniently close, and can be hiked year round. Unfortunately, Mt.Wire isn’t much to look at, but what this little hill lacks in prestige, it more than makes up for with steep trails, nice views of the valley, and a spacious top to stretch out and enjoy the scenery. Plus, Mt. Wire is dog friendly! Along the way, you’ll pass the famous Living Room trail, which is a great spot to take your first break. There are several ways you can summit, but I’ve found the easiest to be this route.

In SLC, head east on I-80 towards Park City. Take exit 129 for Foothill Drive. Drive 3.3 miles, then turn Right on Wakara Way. Drive straight, until you pass the Natural History Museum/Red Butte Gardens sign, then turn right into the museum parking lot. Park at the southern-most end, by the stairs. No restrooms are available.

Distance: 5.2 miles RT

Elevation gain: 2,000 ft

Time: 3-5 hours

Dog friendly? Yes, off leash

Kid friendly? Yes, but it may be steep for them

*Be aware of mountain bikers along the first section of this trail if you bring your dog*

The Living Room trail

Follow the trail via The Living Room.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Salt Lake City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Walk South along the BST and turn left at the “174” pipeline marker.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Salt Lake City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Walk up the narrow gully. This can be really muddy in early Spring.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Salt Lake City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Around 1.2 miles turn right, following another tight gulley called George’s Hollow.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 This section of the trail starts out with low brush, and in springtime, can be very muddy.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 When you come to the first 4 way intersection in the trail, if you go straight for about 100 ft you will have a nice overlook of Red Butte Canyon to the North, and SLC to the West. Go back to the 4 way intersection and continue East up the steep hill.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 From this point, the trail gets even steeper. Follow the switchbacks up the hill. This is also where the trail became even muddier!

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 Making our way up the switchbacks. It probably would be better to wait to do this trail later in the year, in May, once it dries out. SLC has been getting a lot of springtime rain/snow, so we knew it would be like this. My hiking poles were really helpful the entire hike.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 The trail will level out for a little bit, then will quickly climb back up the next hill.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 The final push to the summit…

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 Interesting facts about Mt. Wire

 

Mt. Wire is named after Lester Wire, an SLC policeman who, in 1912, developed the first red-green traffic light

Mt. Wire used to identified by two large, plain white billboards, which were actually passive microwave repeaters. These structures were used to bounce microwave signals over the mountain to the northeastern parts of Utah.

The microwave billboards were removed in 2013 due to people vandalizing them.

Mt. Wire is an old air beacon, that has long been out of service.

Evidence of the air beacon is still present, as old electrical wire can still be been, along with breaker boxes.

You can still climb up to the top of the old air beacon, but be sure to have someone “spot” you in case you slip.

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire

 On the summit with Charlie, looking West. You can clearly see the Oquirrh Mountains and the SLC Valley. The summit is almost always windy. Be sure to bring a light jacket.

May 2019

Hiking to Mt. Wire, Salt Lake City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 A perfect Spring hike!

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Hiking to Mt. Wire, Salt Lake City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

On this day, I decided to turn this hike into a loop. Hike up the standard route, then down the South Ridge, hiking back to my car. It was only 6.3 miles RT as a loop. Not bad!

Trail map to Mt.Wire via standard route, past The Living Room trail.

Turn this into a loop hike and take the South Ridge to Mt.Wire!

South Ridge to Mt.Wire

 

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