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Mount Olympus - Wasatch/Cache, UT

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,839 feet
Elevation Gain 4,174 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,401 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 28.61
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes
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2  2015-08-12 BobP
14  2011-10-05 PrestonSands
Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 383
Photos 3,724
Trips 2,743 map ( 18,146 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
Co-Author PrestonSands
co-author avatarGuides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map (6,690 Miles)
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, May, Aug → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Summer to Late Autumn
Sun  6:10am - 6:33pm
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Short and STEEP!!!!
by fricknaley & PrestonSands

Likely In-Season!
A short and incredibly steep hike and climb to the summit of Mt. Olympus, the namesake peak of the Mt. Olympus Wilderness. This hike will gain you roughly 4400 feet in less than 3.5 miles.

The last 0.3 miles of this hike is true class 3 climbing on some relatively slick rock. This part of the scramble would be terribly difficult and likely unsafe in wet conditions.

This is a short and relatively straight forward hike to the summit of Mt. Olympus. Most of the hike is trail hiking up a very steep trail. The last 0.3 miles is a class 3 climb to the magnificent summit of 9.026 foot Mt. Olympus.

Start from the parking lot up the ridiculously steep trail gaining big chunks of elevation from the very first step. The first 0.5 miles switchbacks up the west slopes with views over Salt Lake City, through mostly open terrain laced with small oaks and junipers. After this the trail swings around into Tolcats canyon and enters a more forested stretch, including tons of maple. Rugged walls of the canyon are an inviting view. The ultimate goal of this forested and very steep section is to ultimately reach the ridge line Far above you. This part of the hike is about 2.5 miles of unrelenting but beautiful elevation gain. In fall, especially, the color display is outstanding.

After a total of about 3 miles you will ridge the ridgeline coming south from the Olympus summit. The views east into the wilderness are spectacular. You also get your first view of the magnificent Twin Peaks to the south, towering over Salt Lake at 11,000+ feet. The summit for this hike is to your left or north. The trail leads the way to the summit rocks, where roughly 0.3 miles and 600 feet remain. There are several short stretches of class 3 climbing over very slick/smooth rock along this last part, but the route is fairly obvious and short stretches of hiker's trail/route can be followed. The route is generally north, with a short swing right/east to a small saddle southeast of the summit. The last little stretch leads to the true summit boulders which you can follow a very short ways right/northeast to the true summit with a mailbox register. The views from the top over the Wasatch Mountains, Twin Peaks, and Salt Lake City are absolutely incredible.

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This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.

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2011-10-09 fricknaley & PrestonSands
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Mount Olympus - Wasatch/Cache
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    For our final hike we chose Mount Olympus, a massive rockpile rising straight up from the edge of Salt Lake City. The climb never let up, neither did the views and colorful maples. At the saddle below the peak we were greeted with a rugged mountain scene, complete with cliffs and numerous peaks above treeline. Very nice! Winter storm clouds were fast approaching, so we scrambled quickly up a fun rocky section to the summit. The view was incredible. SLC folks surely are lucky to have such a special playground in the Wasatch. We took photos and video, then began our descent as the first few raindrops arrived. Snowflurries began to float over the peaks and the temperature dropped. Nick and I hiked down in a steady light rain, which despite my dislike for inclement weather, did not detract from the experience at all. We had successfully completed the three hikes we had set out to do, and had had a wonderful time. Who could ask for more? :) The rain had ceased and the sun peeked out by the time we reached the trailhead, where we changed into dry clothes. The afternoon was capped off by great chili at Wenchys and a visit to Salt Lake's massive REI. A perfect day and a perfect trip! :D
    Mount Olympus - Wasatch/Cache
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    this was our last hiking day in utah and we wanted to get a good one in. we also knew the storm was coming and likely early. preston found this one: huge climb for distance with promise of awesome views and some fun scrambling...seemed perfect.

    the hike starts off (and stays) incredibly steep. soon enough the open section fades as you disappear into Tolcats canyon and you enter the maples... :FG:

    the conifers follow. we were loving it by now. it was cloudy, windy, pretty cool/cold and i was sweating buckets from the incline. that's a rough combo.

    all was forgotten as we hit the ridge and the spectacular views that followed. after ooohing and ahhing we began the final summit scramble. this was a fun class 3 climb and the weather kind of mellowed out for this part. we hit the summit and marvelled at the great views...yep definitely a good choice for the last day. during our time on the summit the temps dropped noticably, the wind picked up and we started getting COLD. we could also see the rain coming. we got down quickly before those summit rocks got wet, had a snack then begin the steep descent. within mintutes full rain gear was on for most of the rest of the hike, the wind really picked up too. despite getting rained on, we were more than happy to get the peak in and an awesome last hike before the storm and having to head home

    finished the day with wendy's chile and a long visit to rei :y:

    drove home the next morning, through about 200 miles of snow in central utah before it finally cleared up :scared:

    absolutely AWESOME trip!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Trailhead is located at 5800 South and Wasatch Boulevard in Murray, Utah. The easiest access is via I-15, then I-215 east, exit at 6200 South to Wasatch Blvd.
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