Mount Wire via George's Hollow
ElevationAscent: 2,095' 639 m
Descent: -2,095' -639 m
High: 7,099' 2,164 m
Low: 5,004' 1,525 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“A steep, rocky climb up to a summit overlooking the Salt Lake valley and the surrounding mountains.”— Tomsen Reed
This trail starts out with a more gradual climb through some trees in the foothills before it connects with the BST. Once you connect with the BST, turn right, and then take your first left to head up into George's Hollow. This section starts to get steeper and rockier as the trail enters the drainage adjacent to George's Hollow, and then contours around the ridge and enters George's Hollow proper.
At this point, the trail follows up the George's Hollow drainage, which is generally dry. About 1 mile in, there is a turnoff for the Living Room, which is a popular destination where people have taken rocks and organized makeshift furniture out of them. To get to Mount Wire, continue ascending the trail until you reach a saddle where there are some forks in the trail. Take the fork that heads to the right, and continues ascending just below a ridge.
From here, the trail gets slightly less steep and its just a few hundred more feet of gain to get to the summit. There is a large tower that marks the summit, which is why the summit is also referred to as "Big Beacon". From the top, you can enjoy great views to the south of some of the notable peaks in the Wasatch Range, like Mount Olympus and Lone Peak, and then to the east you can see into Emigration Canyon, Red Butte Canyon to the north, and you have great views of the Salt Lake valley.
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