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Pretty tough going up, a bit icy during the morning but very slushy and muddy coming back down around 3PM. I'd definitely recommend having some good climbing boots or trail runners for this, I did it in the running shoes I use for regular trail running but I slipped a lot.

The scramble towards the top was a lot of fun, I'd definitely recommend this trail - it's a very rewarding one.

hiking
6 hours ago

This is the first peak I have ever climbed and it was very tough for me. It was icy in the morning and slushy in the afternoon. spikes, gloves, and poles made it very manageable.

I'm 13 and just did this hike for the third time. There is snow on the way up to the saddle, but no snow on the scramble. We started at 5:30 and made the top by 7:30, we got down at 9:50. The only gear we had was hiking poles, so it is possible without ice gear. The view from the top is amazing, but the hike is not. The hike is very steep but worth it.

Holy pain in the butt! Doing this hike is no easy task. The trail gets confusing once you start the scramble to the top, so when all else fails, just keep climbing!

backpacking
4 days ago

This hike is NOT 3 miles. About 6 to the very top. Beautiful but pretty challenging hike. Spikes are a must right now

Gorgeous hike!

Not super hard. It’s a good trail for hiking alone, lots of wildlife, and peace and quiet. I ended up walking the road until it intersects with the trail, and then took the trail back, so I made it a loop. I loved this trail! I’m sure it will be less dead and more green in a few months.

Great morning hike. Pretty heavy foot traffic until you pass The Living Room. After that the trail narrows and gets muddy. The view at the top is well worth checking out.

hiking
13 days ago

my first

hiking
15 days ago

Neffs canyon is my dogs favorite!

hiking
16 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.

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

hiking
26 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!

Rated hard for a reason. It's a steep climb up over rocks that at times offer few footholds. But the views and experience winding up the mountain is well worth it. My puppy had a blast climbing the rocks like a little goat. There's still slush on the trail (and icy parts where the forest starts), so we didn't complete the trail. You want to wear good shoes and consider ice crampons in you want to reach summit right now. There are plenty of spots right off the trail to stop, catch your breath, drink some water, and rest your legs while you enjoy the views. The trails are a bit confusing around mile 2 with all the switchbacks, so you might want to have your app handy to check you're on route. We'll definitely return once the snow melts a bit more and try for the summit.

The 1st part of the big stairs are kinda fitting considering your hiking up to mount Olympus. We got almost to the 2nd creek. After the 1st it is covered in snow 75% of the trail. Will be coming back to attempt the peak next month or June.

Went up on the 5th and the snow tracks end at the last half mile of the trail. Had to turn around because I didn't know the trail well enough to figure out the right way and the snow was thigh high. Tough but worth it even if you don't make it to the top. One of my favorite trails in SLC! Beautiful year round and almost the whole hike up.

Trail was muddy after the turn from the living room. Along the final climb spikes were very useful because of the hard ice up.

Completed this hike on 2/3/18. This is always a great easy-moderate hike with great views of downtown SLC and plenty of wildlife. Lots of wind at the summit, but still worth it.

Loved it! Steep in some parts and a bit of a rocky climb at the end but the view is definitely worth it. Definitely recommend going earlier in the day

hiking
2 months ago

Love it!!! Ultimate workout and do close to to. I’ll be back

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked to summit 2 days ago and it was gorgeous! Wore spikes for much of the ridge line portion between the switchbacks and the scramble.

Hiked to the summit on 1/28/18. Amazing trail with some good challenges once you get up past the switchbacks. I hiked the first mile or so without spikes but once you get past the switchbacks it was snowpacked and the spikes were a huge help, especially coming down to prevent slipping. The scramble at the top was snowy and icy, so just be sure to watch hand and footholds coming up and going down. Beautiful views at the summit and a cool mailbox with notepad to sign. Took about 2.5 hours to the top. Took my time coming down, stopping on a few ledges for photos and to just enjoy the day for about a 5 hour round trip. Easy to find the trailhead with lots of other hikers and trail runners on the bottom half.

Hiked up to the saddle today 1/24/18. Beautiful day. Trails were a little muddy the first 1/2 mile. Icy in sections, dry slippery snow the last mile before the saddle. Microspikes for the win! Can’t wait to go back up and get to the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

HELP! I dropped my prescription sunglasses on this hike on Feb 6th :( Dark gray RayBans, if anybody can return them, a reward is in store!

Amazing classic hike in Utah. A good balance for dog people and trail runners alike.

Was definitely a test without micro spikes but beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an amazing hike! I woke up a bit late, and thought that I was not going to do this one. I had to bike 11 miles to get there, and 11 miles back. I have to admit that it was confusing in the beginning, because there were a lot of trails that meander in different directions. I got a bit lost going to the Bonneville Shoreline trail instead. After realizing I was going the wrong direction, I was able to get back on the Olympus Wilderness Trail. Everyone was very friendly on the trail, and it was a great workout. The switchbacks in the beginning very fairly easy, but as you continued to gain elevation they became more difficult. It was icy and there was snow in the switchbacks. I'd definitely suggest taking your time. Also, I would highly recommend microspikes. The Class 3 scramble didn't seem like it was that bad. It's important to stop and look for hand holds and footprints. That was fairly helpful. Coming down was a little tricky even with microspikes. There were times I was sliding a lot, and at one point I slid down. A truly great hike, and I will definitely do it again! Oh, and the views were amazing from the summit!

Love this hike! First time going and the scenery is beautiful! Wear your micro spikes or you’ll have a hard/funny time coming down ;)

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty hard hike. The snow gets deep in some areas. Yes... there’s snow the entire trail. We never did reach the summit. The map was trying to take us down a trail with nearly 3 feet of snow... we turned around. Probably a trail we’ll cross off the list and not return.

Never ever do this hike in the winter

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked while in town for a few days. Could not make it to the summit due to icey conditions and not having and sort of cleats. Great views though.

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