West Mountain (Utah)

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West Mountain
Westmountainsummit.jpg
The summit of West Mountain, with the radio tower farm.
Elevation 6,805 ft (2,074 m)
Location
Location Utah County, Utah
Range Wasatch Range
Coordinates 40°05′19.81″N 111°49′19.76″W / 40.0888361°N 111.8221556°W / 40.0888361; -111.8221556
Climbing
Easiest route Access road
Southern Utah Valley, from West Mountain

West Mountain is a mountain located 15.35 miles (25 km) southwest of Provo, Utah and 4.7 miles (8 km) west of Benjamin, Utah. It is home to a radio station tower for KTCE, an FM station licensed to Payson, Utah and operating on 92.1 MHz. The mountain is also home to various FM radio translators and an observatory used by students from Brigham Young University. It can be accessed from a main road that starts near Benjamin, Utah. A small census designated place east of the mountain is known as West Mountain as well.

Geology[edit]

West Mountain's highest point is at 6,805 feet (2,074 m). The mountain is on the southern segment of the Wasatch Range, though it is not connected to the main range. The mountain is located on the southern shore of Utah Lake.[1]

Radio uses[edit]

The following are translators and radio stations located on the mountain (in order of frequency):

  • K202CC-88.3 FM, from parent station KAWZ-FM
  • K208BZ-89.1 FM from parent station KBYU-FM.
  • KTCE-92.1-FM, a hot adult contemporary format station licensed to Payson, Utah.
  • K252DB-98.3 FM, from parent station KEGH.

As well as radio stations, the mountain houses several cellular telephone transmitters providing service for AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. The mountain also contains towers for local emergency services, and state and federal government services.[2] An older tower, once operated by AT&T, is known more commonly as a "Long Line" tower, and was used for microwave communications is located on the summit. It is the tallest tower on the mountain, and is the most predominant feature. With the invention of fiber optics, the use of these towers gradually declined, and other similar towers have fallen into disrepair.[3] This particular "long lines" tower, is connected to other towers in Riverton, Utah and Levan, Utah. A ham radio repeater, known as WA7FFM is located on the mountain as well.

Observatory[edit]

West Mountain Observatory

West Mountain Observatory, which is operated by nearby Brigham Young University (BYU), is located just southwest of the summit of West Mountain. It was constructed for the astronomy department of BYU in 1981 and houses three telescopes.[4]

Access[edit]

West Mountain road, which leads to the summit, begins on Lincoln Beach road, directly northeast of the summit. It is a winding road, which may or may not be in good condition, depending on the season. Those wishing to access the mountain are suggested to use four wheel drive vehicles.[5]

Panorama[edit]

A panoramic view of Utah County between Orem and Provo in the north (left) and the radio towers on West Mountain to the South (right)

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