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trail running
2 days 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.

hiking
13 days ago

It was a beautiful winter hike! Definitely recommend bringing yak-tracks or crampons for the slicker parts.

Did 9 miles of this trail today and then the steepness and the snow forced me to quit. Snowshoes rather than microspikes are needed for the last 2 miles. Gorgeous day for hiking though!

Didn't go the whole way but had beautiful views and a wide enough path for people to pass. Took my dog and everyone seemed very friendly and welcomed him with pets. Not all the snow melts so make sure you wear good hiking shoes with grip.

hiking
24 days ago

I did this hike as a prep hike the weekend before I did Mt. Whitney. It was my first time doing it even though I have hiked all over the Wasatch Front. I was amazed at how majestic this hike is from beginning to end. It's a great hike to do in the late fall and early winter because it starts at a relatively low elevation compared to most other hikes near Salt Lake City/Sandy, Utah. As such there was little to no snow on the trail. I did it in about 5.5 hours (around 3 hours up, 2.5 hours down).

On the last quarterish mile scramble to the summit, I got misdirected and started ascending the wrong way. Luckily, a dude set me in the right direction (thanks Stu!) and I got to the summit to take in the preposterous views of Salt Lake Valley. Early on in the hike, it also forks and one prong of that fork goes down the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. I walked down that trail for a few hundred meters before I realized my error (thanks to the AllTrails app).

I highly recommend this hike.

Loved every second, on the way up at least

I don't know if I completed this hike because it seemed to end before 4.1 miles. I found a great lookout at the top and it wasn't too busy when I went.

Parking- Park at the sign that says Killyon Canyon Trail parking.The parking is limited (Maybe 5 spots max). We got there around 8am and there were two trucks (most likely hunters) there already. Facing away from the cars go and stay right. You'll go up a dirt road until you run into a concrete barrier which indicates where the trail begins. We ran into a few dogs by the houses but they all turned out to be friendly.

For me, the first mile from the parking area was runnable, after that I got my power hike on and the trail just keeps getting steeper and steeper. I was wearing leggings which was good because there is low brush that would have scratched up my legs if not. Trail is mostly exposed so hat and sunglasses are a must.

I made it to the top, and while it was cold, no show yet. Beautiful views at the top. I'm a fan of climbing so this trail was right up my alley.

We saw mostly hunters in the morning. Later in the morning, we saw more hikers/runners.

My gps says it was 9.8 round trip from the car and took us about 3 hours. Mostly power hiking up and ran down.

With the dog, just a long street to walk up to the trail, than trail is steep and not fun to come down, stopped half way on trail . Least favorite so far.

Found a sport dog field trainer thing on the trail. find me on Instagram @savethenegs to retrieve it.

Spectacular view of the SLC valley! A great Halloween hike!
Dress warm ❄️

Holy crap what a trail!!! Very rewarding and yet hard , not for the fainted heart! Did this hike on Halloween day, you may see snow towards mile 3 once you get to first summit it’s all dried! Lot of people on the trail. Made it to top in 3 hours plus about half hour for breaks and picture takes, coming down was also a little challenging because of the snow that melted and now it was slushy, def hiking poles . Coming down took me 2 hrs.
Layer up as it’s very cold on the scramble area if sun is not out. Happy hiking!

Dog friendly, not super scenic but an easy trail run until you start climbing towards the junction toward Big Mountain. Solitude is nice. Parking is not nice.

Snow is all gone as of yesterday. Incredibly steep but rewarding trail! The scramble wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Have shoes with good grip!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up Thaynes canyon and then turned onto Desolation. Thaynes Canyon is very shaded given that it is north facing plus the fact that you are going up the gut of the canyon so the steep mountain ridges and trees acts as a canopy. It is not the most entertaining hike because there are no views on the way up plus it is a pretty steep climb for 2 miles. Once you get above 8000 feet - the views improve as you look North at Grandeur and Mt. Aire. The finally push up the summit of Thaynes Peak is very, very steep. You gain 700 feet in about 1/4 mile but it is not technical (no scrambling required). The views at the peak are solid with views of SLC, Grandeur, Mt Aire, Gobblers and Mt Raymond. It was about 6 miles round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth it! The views are outstanding! We consider ourselves pretty fast hikers, but this is a continuous incline that feels like you're on a stair-master at the gym. Roughly 7 miles round trip took us 5.5 hours total (4.5 hours moving 1 hour of breaks and pictures). We're not "climbers" and we had no problem with the "scramble" after the saddle. October 27, 2018 no snow on the trail.

A word of warning: 3.5 hours into my hike all my credit card companies sent fraud alert texts to me. My car was broken into and the bad guys took all my cash and credit cards. I have been told by a friend that this is unfortunately common when you park in the parking lot. The advice is to park on Wasatch Blvd. where there is plenty of traffic passing by, and not in the parking lot. Went on October 26, and we wore shorts, it was so nice. Brisk but not too cold, and it is quite steep so we were plenty warm.

trail running
1 month ago

As of today the snow has 99% melted leaving nothing but suffering for that last mile as you go. straight. up. forever. It's

Been working up to this hike for weeks and it’s been the most rewarding Wasatch trail yet. Wouldn’t recommend it for beginners, this is a long and steep hike. Almost at the peak there’s a fantastic viewpoint, which is a worthy stopping point but it gets a bit more technical to the summit. Went in early October, there was some ice and snow on the second half of the trail so be prepared for that.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep but totally worth the stellar view!

This trail was moderate, the only thing that made it difficult was the snow/ice. You end up sliding all over on the steep climbs because it’s so iced over. Pretty views all the way up and covered in shade. I would love to do this hike in the summer months so it’s not so cold. We did the loop up Thayne’s and down Desolation. Once we started our descent, we came across a fairly large black bear just off the trail-so watch out. Really cool to see him from a distance though. Would recommend to friends

Trail is definitely uphill the entire way, deserves its ranking. We went last week and it was pretty snowy at the top so it was very muddy and slick. Views were pretty but just okay. Meadow was full of snow.

It’s a long one but the views are phenomenal. Lots of wildlife too. Part trail and part road so it’s mostly easy to follow. There are some fairly intense climbs but they’re short. There is no water along the way so bring all you need.

hiking
2 months ago

Really good view, really steep. Good warm up for upper bells reservoir in my opinion. West slabs scramble is a lot more adventurous, but couldn’t find anywhere to rate.

Suuuper steep but 100% worth the view. One of my favorite hikes of all time.

Wow! This certainly doesn't get the respect and attention it deserves.


Took the dogs with me and had to rope them off on a tree about 1/3 mile from the Summit as it required some bouldering and scrambling.

I absolutely loved the rolling hills and the views of Salt Lake Valley.

The class 2 scrambling at the end is a nice beginner's challenge to rock climbing.

:-)

hiking
2 months ago

Great time of year to go. Wild temp change from sweating hot to super cold towards summit. Definitely exhausted at the end but totally worth it. Didn’t actually need that much water. 1 liter this time of year was good for me. Friend took the wrong path near top so be sure to stick to the trail. You reached the top when you find the black mailbox.

Nice short hike up to Clayton Peak. It is steep to begin with. At the top instead of going over the boulders I went west or to the right around them then up to the peak. Not much boulder hopping that way. It was snow at the top so the views were limited but still amazing. Then I went down to Blood Lake. Beautiful area. Fall leaves were beautiful in the snow.

hiking
2 months ago

真的很棒,最后一段的攀爬那简直就是精华。很累,费腿。
值得一去,但是强度不小。

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike yesterday and it was so worth it to see the view at the top! It’s defiently a harder hike with a steady incline. On Sunday not many were using the trail and it was cloudy so it was a great day to go. Only thing was you start getting into some steepness and straight rock climbing the last little bit. It was also crazy windy so just prepare for it. I’m sore now but I will do it again!

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