Wasn't sure which summit was the highest. So I bagged them all just to be sure. Fun scramble up from the living room.
This is a bit confusing for the SLC noob (me). The popular hike here is the "Living Room", which is only about 3/4 of the way to the top on the Red Butte side. The living room trailhead is even marked on Google maps. I parked in some U of U building's parking lot on Colorow Drive and nobody seemed to care. Looked like other hikers and shoreline trail walkers parked there too.
From there, walk up to George's Hollow and you should see a very well used trail heading up the Mt Wire side. You head to the right of a little ridge and when you come around the back of it, it opens up with city views. You can also now see your destination on the opposite ridge to the Northwest. Continue hiking up. The main trail doubles back to the south face of red butte and onward about a tenth of a mile to the living room. A smaller trail continues up.
The living room is interesting, with sandstone benches. From there, you can scramble up the ridgeline to the summit, or go back to the canyon joint and take the smaller trail. The smaller trail eventually reaches a junction where you can choose to go to back along the red butte ridgeline or to the Mt. Wire summit. I walked the red butte ridgeline. There were swarms of honeybees, which must build hives in the rocks/cliffs. I didn't bother them and they didn't bother me, but just a word to the wise for those allergic. The reservoir is visible far below.
I didn't see a readily apparent way to go downslope on the back (north northeast) side. It does seem possible to continue down (west) the ridgeline to hook up with Red Butte skyline nature trail. I am not sure how bad they want to keep you out of the upper canyon reservoir area, but there are fences to keep you out of the botanical gardens.
Went with CJ, Casey, and Amy. Saw one guy lying in the shade about ready to pass out. It gets hotter than people expect.
The views are great, but I really love all the rocks. Red Butte feels to me like a distant cousin to Southern Utah.
I went all the way up the ridge to watch the sunset, and then came back down the Georges Hollow trail. Lovely hike, nice and cool and breezy the whole way.
I started at the parking lot for the Natural History Museum and worked my way straight up the ridge to the top. The .5 mile ridge walk from the top of the false summit to the highpoint was especially enjoyable. From the summit I went up to Mount Wire. Roundtrip time was just under 2 hours.
New to town and still without a car we decided to find a short hike that was easily accessible by bike. Parked at Natural History museum and went up George's Hollow to Mt. Wire first, then across the saddle to Red Butte and down to Living Room - glad we went this way - a little safer and more views from Red Butte.
One note: I wish for every sign marking a crude oil pipeline they had one for the trails - we figured things out but if they really want to actually stop erosion, telling hikers where the real trails are would be a good start.
This ridge was awesome! I loved this hike, especially snow clad.
30 Dec 2011
30 minutes to Summit my red buttsky! More like 2 hours! Okay, I'm not the fastest hiker/climber on the planet, but for the love of God, QUIT FREAKIN TRYING TO KILL ME with hooptie overly optimistic timelines on these summits. I actually use the beta in these posts to plan hikes and I'm getting tired of picking my way down rocky cliffs in the dark because somebody didn't want to sound like they were some type of slowpoke.
Other than almost plunging off a cliff in the dark and dying a tragic death, This is a pretty darn cool climb for being right next to the city...I went up the south face next to the stone chairs. Will do again sometime when I have more daylight.
3 Jan 2012
Did it again with more daylight and combined it with Mt. Wire. For the record, it took 1 hour 46 minutes to the highest point on Red Butte
Climbed with Jenelle and Paul.
Went up to the top with some friends from the university dorms on a Sunday (Feb. '99). It was my first experience with the SL Valley air inversion. Cold and dreary in the valley. Sunny and beautiful (the soup below, withstanding) up top.
Didn't know the living room was up here but had heard of it from a friend. Fun short hike after work. Great views and sunset! Took less than an hour to summit. Rockin' to L.A. Woman on the run down. Good times!
#2 - 3/12/17 with Chompy & BEANS!
Nice and tame scramble up from the Living Room
Ussually going up or down Big Beacon.
Another nice winter hike. This was a fun hike with some cool rocks.
I think this is as great little urban hike. I enjoyed the scamper up the ridge. I had this entire butte to myself until my way down toward George's Hollow, when I encoutered a trio of Wasatch Mountain Club members. (All the other hikers were busy on Big Beacon, but I was too short on time for that one.) We chatted for a while and enjoyed the view of Salt Lake City, then I headed down George's Hollow to my rental car. I strongly recommend this loop route to anyone interested in this hike. This was a nice way to kick off a business trip (I tucked this one into a Sunday afternoon before the start of meetings in SLC.)
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.