Lake Mountains

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Lake Mountains
Pleasant Grove, UT - Looking West over Utah Lake.jpg
Looking west over Pleasant Grove and Utah Lake toward the Lake Mountains, September 2009
Highest point
PeakUnnamed peak (at approximately the midpoint of the range)
Elevation7,690 ft (2,340 m) [1]
ListingList of mountains in Utah
List of mountain ranges of Utah
Coordinates40°16′30″N 111°54′02″W / 40.274892°N 111.900524°W / 40.274892; -111.900524
Length15 mi (24 km) N-S (arc-shape, curved east)
Width8 mi (13 km) (at center, narrower north/south)
Lake Mountains is located in Utah
Lake Mountains
Lake Mountains
Location of the Lake Mountains within the State of Utah
CountryUnited States
RegionWasatch Front
(at foothills)
Eagle Mountain, Mosida (site) and Saratoga Springs
Range coordinates40°16′30″N 111°54′02″W / 40.274892°N 111.900524°W / 40.274892; -111.900524Coordinates: 40°16′30″N 111°54′02″W / 40.274892°N 111.900524°W / 40.274892; -111.900524
Borders onOquirrh Mountains-NW
Traverse Mountains-N
Utah Lake-NE, E, & SE
Goshen Valley-S
East Tintic Mountains-SSW
Cedar Valley-W
Topo mapUSGS Saratoga Springs
Easiest routeHike or road
Normal routeLake Mountain Communications Road

The Lake Mountains[2] (also known as simply Lake Mountain) are a 15-mile-long (24 km)[3] mountain range located on the western edge of the Utah Valley in northwestern Utah County, Utah, United States. The range forms the northwest border of Utah Lake, and its proximity allows its use for communication towers, mostly in its north section, bordering Eagle Mountain.


Satellite view of Utah Lake, with the arc-shaped Lake Mountains on the northwest shore.

The range is arc-shaped, curved to the east. The Lake Mountains have no prominent peaks, but a central ridge line, about 5 miles (8.0 km) long,[3] that trends slightly north-northwest by south-southeast. The highest point in the range is an unnamed peak, with an elevation of 7,690 feet (2,340 m).[1][4]

The range is bordered by Cedar Valley on the west; the Oquirrh Mountains on the northwest|; the Traverse Mountains on the north, Utah Lake and Utah Valley on the northeast, east and southeast; the Goshen Valley on the south-southwest, and the East Tintic Mountains in the southwest. Utah State Route 68 (also known as Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs) runs along the northeast, east, and southeast perimeter of the mountains (along the shore of Utah Lake) and Utah State Route 73 passes by the northern edge. Lake Mountain Communications Road (a dirt road) runs roughly north-south through the range (between Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain) and provides access to the multiple radio communication towers on the range. Several minor dirt roads also cross the southern end of the range, with Soldiers Pass Road being the most prominent.

There are seventeen named canyons on the east side of the range, running toward Utah Lake: Long, Pfieffer, Burnt (southern), Chaparral, Miners, Potter, Enoch, Seep, Little, Olaf, Limekiln, Losee, Clark, Israel, Lott, Burnt (northern), and Reformation canyons (from south to north), with Limekiln Canyon being in the approximate center. The west side has much fewer named canyons, running toward Cedar Valley: Mercer, Ivans, Wildcat, and Wiley (from south to north), with Wiley Canyon being in the approximate center.

Radio infrastructure[edit]

Radio infrastructure on the range serves several radio and television needs for the cities of Provo, Orem, American Fork, and almost all of Utah county.

FM & HD Radio stations[edit]

The Lake Mountains house radio towers for several radio stations serving the Provo area. KENZ 94.9 FM, a contemporary hits station, broadcasts from the range .[5] KJMY, a hot adult contemporary format radio station on 99.5 FM formerly had a translator known as K256AE, which is on 99.1 MHz from a tower on the mountains. The translator is now used as a rebroadcast of KJMY's HD-2 stream through a loophole in FCC rules. It is known as "Country 99.1." KVFX had a translator known as K284AI-FM. K284AI was on located 104.7 MHz. In order to make way for KNIV, the station signed off the air.[6][7] One religious radio translator also call the mountain home. K217CL (91.3 FM), carries programming from KYCC, and is licensed to Provo. KUDD 103.9 FM has a booster on the mountain, providing coverage to Utah County and southern Salt Lake County.

KENZ 94.9 Power 94.9 Contemporary Hit Radio
K256AE 99.1 Country Classic Country (HD Radio)
K280GJ 103.9 The Mix Adult Contemporary

Amateur (ham) radio[edit]

Multiple repeaters for amateur radio exist on the Lake Mountains. The most well known repeaters are operated by the Utah Amateur Radio Club (UARC), first coordinated in 1927,[8][9] and the Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club (UVARC), first coordinated in 2016 [10] Numerous other stations share tower space with the repeaters above, all operating on different frequencies.[11]

K7UCS 145.2300 MHz (–) 0.6 MHz 131.8 Hz UTCOARES - Utah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
W7SP 146.7600 MHz (–) 0.6 MHz none UARC - Utah Amateur Radio Club
K7UVA 146.7800 MHz (–) 0.6 MHz 100.0 Hz UVARC - Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club
WX7Y 147.0800 MHz (+) 0.6 MHz 77.0 Hz SDARC - Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club
K7UCS 147.2800 MHz (+) 0.6 MHz 141.3 Hz UTCOARES - Utah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
W7WJC 224.4200 MHz (–) 1.6 MHz 156.7 Hz UCRC - Utah County Radio Club
N7IMF 224.6400 MHz (–) 1.6 MHz 156.7 Hz UHDARC - Utah High Desert Amateur Radio Club
KE7AU 224.7000 MHz (–) 1.6 MHz 107.2 Hz
KA7EGC 447.8750 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz 100.0 Hz
K7UVA 448.2000 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz 100.0 Hz UVARC - Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club
K7UCS 448.3250 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz 103.5 Hz UTCOARES - Utah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
N7IMF 448.7000 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz 114.8 Hz UHDARC - Utah High Desert Amateur Radio Club
WA7FFM 449.2000 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz none
WA7GIE 449.4750 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz 100.0 Hz
K7UCS 449.6750 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz 173.8 Hz UTCOARES - Utah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
K7UCS 449.9750 MHz (–) 5.0 MHz 131.8 Hz UTCOARES - Utah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Television stations[edit]

The main antenna farm atop the Lake Mountains, May 2009. The KUPX/KUTH tower is in the center.

Numerous high and low power television stations call the Lake Mountains their home. KUPX's, former analog broadcast on channel 16 from a tower on the mountains. KUPX is owned by Paxson Salt Lake City License Inc and carries programming from Ion Television. Its tower was located on the northern flank of the mountain (pictured right). KUPX now broadcasts its digital television signal on channel 29 from Farnsworth Peak. K22IT, another television station on the mountains, carried programming from KTMW in Salt Lake City. It remained in analog, and had no application to transmit in digital. Its license has since been deleted. KUTH, Salt Lake City's Univision affiliate, broadcasts its digital broadcast from the Lake Mountains on channel 32. K43JV, a lower power television translator, carries programming from 3ABN. It broadcasts on channel 43. Currently it has a construction permit to transmit in digital on RF channel 16, the former analog home of KUPX.[12] K49GD, channel 49, was a translator for KTMW and carried a variety of programming. K49GD was licensed to Spanish Fork. The station license was deleted by the FCC. KUTH filed an application with the FCC to move its transmitter to Farnsworth Peak which would leave only K43JV transmitting from the mountain. This move will allow KUTH to better serve the Wasatch Front because of Farnsworth Peak's higher terrain.[13]

Internet service providers[edit]

The Lake Mountain provide an advantageous location for internet service providers to either provide wireless internet to local residents, or to relay data between facilities. Providers include Rise Broadband, InnovativeAir, SenaWave, and Avative Fiber.[citation needed]

Panoramic view of the Lake Mountains from Orem, 2008

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b MyTopo Maps - Lake Mountain, Utah, UT, United States (Map). Trimble Navigation, Ltd. Retrieved 8 Jan 2018.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Mountains
  3. ^ a b Utah, DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). pp. 24–25.
  4. ^ "Lake Mountains High Point, Utah". Retrieved 8 Jan 2018.
  5. ^ "KENZ FM Query from the FCC". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 20 Oct 2008.
  6. ^ "K256AE-FM Radio Station Information". Theodric Technologies LLC. Retrieved 20 Oct 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "K284AI-FM Radio Station Information". Theodric Technologies LLC. Retrieved 20 Oct 2008.[dead link]
  8. ^ "146.76 MHz W7SP Repeater". Utah VHF Society. Archived from the original on 3 Oct 2011. Retrieved 8 Dec 2017 – via
  9. ^ "Utah Amateur Radio Club". Utah Amateur Radio Club. 28 Jul 2017. Retrieved 8 Jan 2018.
  10. ^ "Repeaters". Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club. Retrieved 8 Jan 2018.
  11. ^ "Repeater List for Utah". Utah VHF Society. Retrieved 8 Jan 2018.
  12. ^ "TV Query, Provo, Utah". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 20 Oct 2008.
  13. ^ "TV Query Results -- Video Division (FCC) USA". Federal Communication Commissionaccessdate=7 Jan 2018.

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