This is a very nice hike, and I bet the views would be fantastic but as it was I had 100 feet of visibility. I continued up the ridge to Big Beacon and came down Georges Hollow, which was a gorgeous fall/winter wonderland with an inch of brand-new snow dusting the pink, orange, and green leaves and the tiny Gambel oak canopy enclosing the trail.
Edited to add: I did this hike again (again continuing to Big Beacon) under blue sky March 22, 2008.
Went up through Georges Hollow, wanted to continue on to Mount Wire but low visibility made me shorten the trip, down via Georges Hollow as well
I was short on time and decided that Red Butte would be a good choice. My route went straight up the ridge and I came down Georges Hollow. The flowers were out and everything was so green up there. You could easily combine Big Beacon and Red Butte in the same hike since they are connected by the same ridge. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
I always did this hike in early spring or winter. The reason was that its one of the first routes that melts off in the Wasatch. This was all in the 1980's or very early 90's before I had snowshoes or did the higher peaks in winter.
Red Butte was tougher than I thought it would be. It was steep, with some deeper snow slowing me down. There were 3 or 4 false summits before I reached the actual one. It was difficult, but fun.