Hike or Run Mount Wire

Rate this Adventure Utah Mt. Wire Trailhead

Added by Jackson Smith

This trail is very easily accessible. Perfect for an after work run or weekend hike with the dogs. Keep an eye are ear open for rattlesnakes, because they are up there. 

This 4.5 out-and-back trail starts just south of the Natural History Museum at the University of Utah. Park in the museum parking lot and walk up the stairs to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Then head south along the BST for a few minutes until you reach a big yellow sign with 174 on it. Turn left here and start heading up the mountain. 

After about a mile up the trail, you will hit a split in the trail. The trail to the left will take you to the Living Room and the trail to the right will take you to the top of Mt Wire. This trail is pretty rocky and technical in some places so stay light on your feet and watch your step.

Continue towards the top until you reach the first saddle. Once you get here, keep right up the peak. You will come upon a couple more saddles in the mountain, just keep south along the trail to the top. When you reach the peak, you'll see the 25 foot tall old airway beacon. You can climb the ladder to the top to get an even better view of the Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch mountains.

The elevation at the peak is about 7,140 ft.

Pack List

  • Trail Running shoes
  • Lots of water (It can get really hot in the summer)
  • Snack
  • Camera phone 
  • Prepare for the weather of that day:
    • Rain jacket
    • Wind breaker
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen 

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Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2082 Feet


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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Added by Jackson Smith

Salt Lake City native, frequenter of the Wasatch Mountains. Backcountry skiing, trail running, and rock climbing.

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