I followed what is known as the south trail. From the parking lot, head east on the trailhead. Do not follow the Bonneville Shoreline but keep climbing and the trail will be on the left. This is the south side of Mt. Wire and considered the hardest trail to Mt. Wire. While it is only two miles to the top, it is a steep climb with over 2000 vertical feet of elevation gain. It took me 2 hours and 15 minutes round trip but can take 3-4 hours for less experienced hikers.
The trail is rated moderate but during the summer can be hard because of the lack of shade. This is peak suffers from “brown mound syndrome” as it lacks trees and other vegetation that are found on many of the mountains at higher elevations.
I knew I was on the right peak when I ran into the beacon tower at the top. There is also a metal survey marker in the ground. Some hikers climb the tower but a fence has been installed to discourage this. The Mt. Wire trail allows dogs on a leash. So many mountain trails along the Wasatch Front do not allow dogs because of water shed so it’s always notable to find one that does.
|Small Great Basin Rattlesnake on Mt. Wire|