cross country skiing
The Mount Olympus Wilderness was established by Congress in 1984 with the passage of the Utah Wilderness Act. Located within the central Wasatch range, the Mount Olympus Wilderness consists of approximately 15,856 acres and is generally bounded on the north by Mill Creek Canyon, on the south by Big Cottonwood Canyon, on the west by the Salt Lake Valley, and on the east by Gobbler's Knob, Alexander Basin, and Dog Lake. The portion in Big Cottonwood Canyon falls under Salt Lake City watershed restrictions. Photo of a Mount Olympus Wilderness sign.There are several entry points in each canyon and along the Front as well. They include the following: Mount Olympus Trail and Neff's Canyon from the benches along the front; Thayne's Canyon, Porter Fork (private road), Bowman Fork, and Alexander Basin on the northern or Mill Creek Canyon side; and Mill B North Fork and Butler Fork on the south side from Big Cottonwood Canyon. You can also enter the Wilderness about a quarter of a mile west of Dog Lake. The Dog Lake entry receives most of the mountain bicycle violations. Bicyclist like to ride the Desolation Trail to the Mill A Basin Trail and out or exit the forest by way of Butler Fork. Due to the fact that there are no lakes in this Wilderness, it is not used as much for overnight camping. You will also see a little less use here in general except for the increasing problem with mountain bikes (mountain bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas). The Mount Olympus Wilderness provides a spectacular backdrop for the Salt Lake Valley and is dominated by rugged terrain, narrow canyons, and high peaks, including Mount Olympus, Mount Raymond, and Gobbler's Knob. The geologic structure of the area is varied and complex, consisting of granitoid rock masses and several sedimentary formations. Carving of the present alpine topography is due to glaciation with erosion the current dominant force in the land sculpturing process. Much of the higher elevation is alpine, characterized by large, open cirque basins, and exposed rocky ridges. Vegetation includes dense mountain brush mixed with sagebrush and grass. Patches of various firs and aspen are common in isolated patches on north facing slopes. Snow remains in some areas until mid-summer. To preserve and protect the physical and aesthetic environment, National Forest wilderness areas are closed to motor vehicles, mechanized equipment, hang gliders, and bicycles. In addition, parts of this wilderness lay within the culinary watershed for Salt Lake County and special restrictions concerning camping, swimming, and domestic animals apply. Please help protect wilderness for future generations by learning and practicing "No-Trace" camping and hiking techniques. The following acts are prohibited in the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area: Group sizes exceeding 10 persons, camping within 200 feet of lakes, streams, springs, or other water sources, camping within 200 feet of trails, camping for more than 3 days at one site, short cutting a trail switchback, and disposing of garbage, debris, or other waste.
This trail will leave you sore for quite a few days. I have taken my puggle up to the peak twice and my boxer once. They loved it! No water on the trail though so bring water. I had to carry them and push them up the scramble a few times though. Such a fun hike and scramble.
This is a pretty amazing hike. The bouldering at the end is really fun and the summit offers great views in all directions. Took about 2-2.5 to get up. The trail is steep. A good quad buster. We planned to trail run a good portion of the trail, but it was too steep. We got our pulse up just through hiking hard.
Epic! Who needs a gym?!! And the fall colors are spectacular (reason for 5 stars). Don't miss the views at Baker Pass
We started at Bowman Fork. It's was a ten mile hike for us.
As you start incline to Raymond, trail gets rocky. There is some serious scrambling at one point at this rock wall. (thankful other hikers and 4g! Bewildered for a sec). The scrambling area has lots of good footing. Go to right, stay between trees and rocks. After that, keep climbing. Again, epic and worth the insane incline.
Excellent, challenging hike with great views. If you are not up for the rock scramble to the very top (it's not well marked so we got a bit lost coming down which was somewhat dangerous), the hike to the saddle and the view from it are just are rigorous and beautiful. Bring plenty of water.
clearly marked trail starting in the back of the picnic area just down the canyon from the reception place. The incline is actually very pleasant, steep in a couple places but great scenery the entire way. the summit is still accessible during the winter, however the last push to the top gets a little steep and icy, crampons and trekking poles are recommended.
Pretty steady climb up- we took the Bakers Pass (vs. Alexandria basin trail) trail but stopped short of the pass because of the snow (didnt have the best gear). Once you get up high enough you can see down Millcreek canyon, over Grandeur peak and out to antelope island/salt lake. Pretty with the leaves changing and the white from the snow.
Hands down the toughest hike I've done. Not to say that I have done a ton of hikes, but to give you perspective, I would rate this one more difficult than Timp. The trail itself isn't all that pretty and the second half of the way up is incredibly steep. The hike down was pretty brutal on the knees. I would recommend doing this hike once and only once, due to the sense of accomplishment but I'll probably never do it again because it's just not the spectacular of a hike. Only source of water is a small creek and the view isn't all that wonderful.
The hike is challenging, but worth the effort. I actually found the descent more difficult because of the dry, rocky terrain. I almost gave up halfway through the rock climbing, but after watching a few other hikers navigate the terrain was comfortable moving forward. My only disappointment with the trail is how near it is to a high speed roadway and the significant amount of road noise during most of the hike, especially the first half. As others have noted, it isn't well sign-posted and this is most egregious towards the beginning when it is easy to miss the main trail. Just remember on the way up you should be ascending most of the time. If you are on flat terrain for more than 30-50 meters then you probably lost the main trail.