West Mountain is a mountain
located southwest of Provo,
Utah and 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
Southern Utah Valley, from West
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.
West Mountain's highest point is at . 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
The following are translators
and radio stations
located on the mountain (in order of frequency):
- K202CC-88.3 FM, from parent
- K208BZ-89.1 FM from parent station
- KTCE-92.1-FM, a
hot adult contemporary format station licensed to Payson,
- K252DB-98.3 FM,
from parent station KEGH.
As well as radio stations, the mountain houses several cellular
telephone transmitters providing service for Cingular Wireless
, Verizon Wireless
. The mountain also contains towers for
local emergency services, and state and federal government
services. 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, is the most predominant feature.
With the invention of fiber optics
use of these towers gradually declined, and other similar towers
have fallen into disrepair. This particular "long lines" tower, is
connected to other towers in Riverton, Utah and Levan,
A ham radio repeater, known as WA7FFM is
located on the mountain as well.
Mountain houses an observatory, known as the "West Mountain Observatory" which
is operated by nearby Brigham Young University.
It was constructed for the astronomy
department of the university in 1981
. Two other
telescopes were constructed during the next decade and the
observatory is still in use to this day. It is the largest and most
modern telescope in the state of Utah. A residence was built on
site, and has been vacant since 1988.
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
- West Mountain - Peakbagger.com
BLM - Communication Site
- AT&T Long Lines Microwave Towers Remembered
- WMO 24 inch telescope.
- West Mountain RTLI info