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Great for puppers and not bad in the winter

It's a steep hike that offers really cool views of the Salt Lake Valley. Not one of my favourites as there's no waterfalls, rivers or lakes to look at. It is doable in winter and I enjoyed myself over all, but it is exhausting fighting all that snow and it delays you. Make sure you have more time than you think you need before sunset. It's dangerous with light-hearted sliding down the steep, slick trail.

hiking
10 days ago

We did this hike today, it’s was absolutely beautiful, sunny day and blue skies above the inversion, the trail is well packed all the way to the top, you need only spikes and maybe poles, we carried butt sleds and it was so much fun on the way down

Beautiful in the winter. Went up on JAN 10, trail was well packed for most of the route but was a little spotty in the last quarter, no problems just using crampons and poles. All and all took about 4.5 hours.

Best view of SLC I’ve seen.

Great trail! I did it on jan. 6th so plenty of snow. The trail was packed so you dont really need snowshoes but it makes it pretty slippery if you dont have spikes/chains or poles although we managed without either. The snow is up past my knee off the side of the trail so slipping is not advised XD The lakes totally frozen and covered in snow but theres still a beautiful view of the valley

hiking
14 days ago

Did this hike a few days ago, the trail was compacted down for the most part. Wish I had microspikes or trekking poles, but it was still doable without. Definitely do this on a clear day if you can. It was cloudy when I did it, but still gorgeous. Took about 2 and a half hours to get to the top and a little over an hour to get back down.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike today, snow was packed hard until the top. Spikes and poles helped a lot. Lake is frozen at the top - didn’t see any moose. 3.5 hours up and down

Great for dogs, great for views.

Gorgeous views. Loose gravel near the trailhead, two areas where the path (briefly and slightly) narrows closer to the top. We were happy to have Yaktrax and trekking poles.

snowshoeing
16 days ago

We used smaller snowshoes on the way up. They helped with grip a lot. We regretted not just using crampons though. The trail is packed down and we took the snowshoes off and pretty much ran back down. If you do it in the winter I’d make sure to do it on a clear day. Still beautiful views. Bring some trekking poles.

Great hike, breathtaking views

The 4 stars is for the time we did this hike during the fall. The fall foliage throughout the hike is amazing and you really get the wow effect when you reach the top.
We redid the hike yesterday (December 29th), and everything is covered in a thick layer of snow. Which gives very beautiful views, but not like in the fall and you definitely don’t have the wow effect once you reach the lake.
We had crampons & snowshoes with us. We only needed the snowshoes once we were at the lake to be able to reach a nice pick nick place. The route going up was completely packed, so no snowshoes required, but I would definitely advise to use crampons! It’s not easy nor hard, but it’s a good workout!

You need micro spikes as the trail was completely snow covered. I don’t think the view is as good, as the hike up the pipeline trail to the salt lake over look, but it’s still pretty

Microspikes are your friend for this trail.

Lost my GoPro on this hike:( Pretty easy hike though with a beautiful view! Quite a bit of snow when I went up, about a foot now.

Beautiful hike in the snow at night with headlamps. Only needed microspikes as the snow was packed down on the trail, despite deep snow on the sides of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun cabin. Great views

Awesome walk with beautiful views throughout the way. I was expecting more of an ‘Ah’ moment once we reached the top with the lake before our decent.

Nice and easy hike with some loose gravel on the way up, the view at the end is pretty awesome if it’s not too crowded.

My husband and I completed this hike on December 15.

Initially, We planned on doing a canyon hike that morning, but were thwarted due to a the road being inaccessible. So we scrambled to find another hike in the area, and ended up doing Flag Rock!

This hike is steep and narrow much of the way.... definitely not ideal for young children. So steep and strenuous, in fact, that we stopped several times to take off layers of clothes!

The trail was a mix of snow and mud, so we were glad we had our snow cleats. You could probably make it with some sturdy boots, but the cleats really helped us grip on the steep uphill portions.

From the top, the views of the valley are predictable but decent if you're into cityscape views . It's definitely nice to have a destination to hike to. There is a nice bench at the top to take a rest.

We'd recommend this hike for anyone looking for a decent workout!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Not the hike we expected. "Best used" through October is more than a suggestion. Once Brighton resort is open for the season, hikers need to take the "uphill route" on Milly Access / Lost Maid and then exit the Wren Hollow gate to out of bounds. We looped around Dog Lake and made it up to the overlook of Lake Mary. Didn't have any backcountry gear/beacons and definitely would have wanted them if we were to go any farther towards Lake Catherine.

Amazing everything with this one. It's steep at parts but worth every bit.

Great trail. First time doing this one and the view from the top is gorgeous. No need for snowshoes or spikes on this day. Trails are a little narrow with some steep drop offs on some parts. Views on the trail are gorgeous too.

Went on 08Dec18. A couple of areas where spikes are useful, not bad at all for this time of year.

Great trail. It's well-worn in the snow and you should only need microspikes unless you're going up right after a storm. Wonderful views of the canyon and valley all in one hike.

Hiked last summer...Fair warning they’re not kidding when they say this hike is hard. I’ve hiked plenty of ‘hard’ rated hikes before and this one kicked my butt. I would recommend hiking early in the morning or on a cooler day since most of the hike is in the sun. The beginning of the hike was really hard to find since it doesn’t look like a trail at all. It just looks like a dirt hill...you basically go up the switchbacks and then walk straight up this super steep dirt hill that eventually starts to form a trail. On the way up the hike there’s a little cave thats pretty cool by all the big rock formations so don’t miss that. The cabin is in good shape and was really cool, it made the difficult hike worth it...bring plenty of water, you’ll need more than you think trust me.

I just did this hike about a week ago. The snow makes it a little bit more challenging, but that’s the fun of it. It’s a short but steep hike so you feel like you’re still getting a good workout, and the views on the way up are amazing.

trail running
1 month ago

Saw 2 moose on trail on way back down from Blanche at 8:45am. One got a little aggressive and charged a hiker coming up the trail, but did not make contact. Whoa! Heads up!

trail running
1 month ago

This is absolutely one my All Time favorite summits in Utah. I love it because it’s steep and relatively a short 3.3 mile to the top. My personal record to the summit stands at 1 hour 37 min and little under 41 mins to run back down to the trailhead. As of December 8th, I have summited Mt. Olympus 16 times in 2018.

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