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I love this trail in spring, as it’s clear earlier than most. The east side is in full sun most of the way, so be prepared. Just before the summit (at the steepest part) it’s still snowy/slushy/slippery and spikes helped a ton, especially on the way down. FYI, I always clock this closer to 6.5 RT (from the gate at the bottom of the Church Fork campground.).

hiking
8 hours ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Always such a good time. Have gone multiple times and always look forward to going again!

II am pretty athletic and found this trail to be exciting and beautiful but also steep and grueling. I was exhausted by the time we reached the summit. I would rate this trail as difficult not moderate.. I’m from Ohio so maybe I’m not used to such steep climbs or the altitude - so if your not a local it may be a difficult trail.

This hike was amazing! I did it this past weekend and didn’t need spikes or snow shoes (the snow was packed down enough). Got super sunburnt on my face so wear sunscreen!

Scenic hike. Our trip was cut short by a moose in the middle of the path. There are still some patches of snow that you’ll have to go over, but nothing deep.

Great trail!

Great short run — steep, rolling hills and really steep — everything you need.

fun easy hike the kids loved it. lots of boulders to climb and explore.

We went up today and it was beautiful. Be prepared for lots of snow on the upper trail! I had my yak tracks but others on the trail did not and had to turn around before the falls. The last .5 is steep! My legs and lungs were burning but it’s so worth it to see the falls in snow and with less people than summer.

Challenging hike. Beautiful view at the top worth the work.

my first

hiking
10 days ago

Neffs canyon is my dogs favorite!

The last mile or so of the trail still has packed snow, making the hike down a little slippery. I didn't have spikes and managed fine with good hiking shoes and a wooden stick I found near the trail =). The first and last parts of the trail will get your legs burning, but the view at the end is totally worth it. There's plenty of beautiful spots along the trail to stop and rest and enjoy the beauty.

hiking
11 days ago

Didn’t take the prior reviews seriously about the necessity of ice spikes, but stopped in REI for some YakTrax just to be safe. Glad I did. You won’t reach the summit without some extra traction. Did not bring trekking poles or running gloves, but would recommend both. If you can handle the ice/slush, the views are amazing.

Went up yesterday, still snow/slush on the last bit, tricky on the way down without spikes but doable. A great short but intense hike.

I hiked this trail a couple of times last year (2017) just lovely views and a feeling of accomplishment, specially if have to do it with a bunch of wining kids!! But overall I loved it!! Can’t wait to do it again!!

Beautiful hike today! Trail is pretty muddy, and last mile or so was very icy, so I would extremely recommend spikes! Ran into a pretty aggressive bull moose on the way back down, they’re definitely active later in the day so be careful!

Pretty day with intermittent snow fall. The trail is a little close to the road in the beginning. It still has icy and snow covered portions starting about 1/2 up. Keep an eye and ear out for downhill cyclists. With the deep melting snow, there isn’t much room to move if you get caught in an icy portion when they need to pass.

Went during the snowstorm; bring your spikes or you won’t get too far! Lake was still covered in snow and not very visible, but really pretty nonetheless. Definitely worth the hike up.

hiking
14 days ago

This was such a gorgeous hike. Beautiful views of the canyon and when you get to the lake it’s stunning. The bugs were pretty bad so definitely bring your bug spray.

Really enjoyed this trail. Ran/hiked it in about 2.5 hours last Sunday. Trail near the top still covered in snow and ice. Did not have treads, but I did have trekking poles which helped immensely. Woman on the trail didn't control her dog who ended up biting my hand as I tried to walk past...keep your dogs under control please!

Ok so this review is for those that are not local or are used to hiking in snow. I am from Florida so while hiking isn’t new doing it in snow is.

First all the info on this site was really great. When I read the comments like “some snow and ice” and maybe wear “ice spikes”. I vastly under estimated things.

I did buy snow spikes but I had no idea how to get the right size or how to put them on.. so off I went without them.

BAD MISTAKE... the first of many

I started the trail and there “some” snow but not to bad and I did have a walking stick so all was well... until....it was a pure snow/ice trail and not even really a trail once you get up a ways.. just other people’s foot prints you are following

Not having the spikes made it hell and yes this is rated “hard “ for a reason it is always going up.

But about a mile from the top I literally was stopping every 100 yards or so needing to catch my breath and I am in pretty good shape. It was (1) walking uphill in the snow with no spikes and (2h failing to realize that coming from Florida to this elevation in Utah and then walking up a mountain was overwhelming me because I was t acclimated we all (had been in Utah less than 24 hours .

But... I made it in about 2 1/2 hours and let me tell you the view was breathtaking. What an incredible experience.

I meet some locals who were super friendly and we chatted awhile and he offered me an extra pair of spikes he had... I figured going down would be easy so I said no. Bad mistake #2

It’s as steep going down as going up and so I was literally sliding through the ice and fell hard a dozen or so times. But made it down in 2 hours.

So I wasn’t as prepared as I needed to be but getting to the stop was worth it.

So... WEAR SNOW SPIKES

Great view all around. It took as like 1:40 to the top and 40 minutes back. Snow is splashy and could still use spikes for better grabbing if you have one.

Definitely a fun hike and less crowded than the Pipeline trail further down the canyon. The trail was relatively easy to follow, though it's still slushy and icy the higher up you go. You might want to consider microspikes if you want to make it to the peak this time of year, but you can get pretty high up without them. Really stunning views.

Awesome hike. It was a challenge but i made it. I took my time and lots of breaks. There was still snow, but I didn't need any snow snow shoes. I just used spikes and sometimes I used my trekking poles. Nice views at the top.

We just went (April 1) and it was still very snowy and we made it to the top but was very difficult at the top peak to see the fall. When we got up it was all frozen and there was only a little cave that you could see water falling thru if you got down low enough. I would highly recommend to wait til later in the year!

I love this trail! We hiked Easter weekend. It is well marked now with signs to the lower falls. This is a heavily traveled trail. There is still snow and ice throughout the trail between the lake and the falls. Ice spikes/cleats are strongly suggested.

Beautiful hike. Still a bunch of snow and ice on the trail leading up to the saddle, so spikes are a must.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike. Snow is still really deep but compacted for most of the trail. Fairly steep and can get difficult in areas.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful day to summit Olympus. The trail got a little icy around 2.5 miles, so spikes helped for sure. I would suggest hitting the trail early while the snow is still icy to avoid the slush. The trail is well broken all the way to the summit. Beautiful sunrise from the top and many friendly and respectful hikers met on my way down. Keep trekking!

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