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Great hike. We camped at Emerald Lake and it was a beast with camping gear. In the morning we threw on day packs and hit the summit. Amazing views.

hiking
3 days ago

They say it's hard. How hard can it be, you think? They're not lying - it's HARD. To the saddle it gets hard-steep but not hard-technical about 2.5 mi in, where for the next 0.6 mi you climb 1,000 ft and it's RELENTLESS. You go up rocks (imagine the rocks in a mountain stream) rather than a dirt trail. It definitely gets your heart rate up and your legs wobbly. It would be ok up to the saddle with a kid but challenging: a lot of times you have to step up higher than adult-knee high so for a kid it would be very tiring.
Once you get to the saddle, the way up to the summit is 500 ft up in 0.4 miles, and very technical. I would think twice about taking a kid there, or even someone who is not very sure-footed or who is scared of heights. Look in the photos for a picture by Christine Cote that looks straight up: that's the way you're going. You really have to look for footholds at every step. Going down is equally challenging.

Once you get to the summit though, you're on top of the world. No picture can do justice to the view there. You just don't want to leave.

Note that mid-August the streams were dry; no point in bringing a filter. Just bring plenty of water; I went through 2 L and ran out with about 1.5 mile to go.

1:56 ascent not stopping and at a solid pace, 1:36 descent jogging at times.

Entire summit was about 17.3 miles. We hiked it from 10am until 7pm. Very difficult but definitely worth it (especially seeing the mountain goats near emerald lake on the way up and way back down)! The air quality is really bad right now so the views are pretty hazy. But you should still make it to the shack for that overall sense of accomplishment! We saw a lot of people backpacking in around 6-7pm with hopes of camping. There didn't seem to be a ton of places to camp so that was interesting. A fellow hiker told us the chipmunks are so bad up there, they'll eat through anything you have. Anyways, do this one. You may hurt the next day but it's worth it!

This hike is so AMAZING. The shack! The goats! The mountain meadows! The 3 waterfalls! Loved it!

hiking
7 days ago

My 2nd Summit! Amazing experience. Took me several attempts, but this Mountain helped prep me for much more to come … ! :-) _/|\_

Great trail for an out and back!

The hike for me(18 years old) took 5 hours from parking lot to parking lot. absolutely breathtaking view and really feels accomplishing! Easy trail to follow. Make sure you write something and put in the mailbox at the peak!

It's a burner. But it's beautiful.

Ran out of water just after the saddle - after that, the riverbeds are dry-washes and the next time you'll see water is just before Emerald Lake. There's a small spring trickling out of the rocks on the south end of the saddle. If you're not looking/listening, you'll miss it.

It was a beautiful hike. Hard, but rewarding.

First timers for my brother in law and I. That mess was hard lol. Ran out of water at the saddle. Luckily the park ranger had a water purification system and helped us out. Definitely take something like Powerade or an electrolyte drink. Not just water. That rock path sucks. Seeing the goats made it worth it all

Emerald Lake to the Summit was extremely difficult (I’m not used to high altitudes, and there’s a lot of steep and/or loose rock to climb). But the views and feeling of accomplishment are so worth it. Just make sure you pace yourself for what your body needs, and look up often enough to know where the trail is. It’s discouraging to get off track when you’re tired. The trail is much easier to find coming down.

Did this a little under prepared and on a whim. Don’t recommend that! The first 300 yards is very steep and let’s you know you’re in for a day of it. We hiked to the saddle , roughly 500 feet below the summit. That was probably enough (we started at 4800 ft, and the summit is 9100), but being so close we finished the hike. The hike past the saddle to the summit is a bit more like rock climbing than hiking. Tough but fun.

I’m 52 yo and in decent shape but it was a challenge. My comments? Plenty of water (it was 96 degrees the days we hiked it), leave early (we didn’t start until 0930, too late), and be prepared for an all day event. It took us almost 5.5 hours to do the 7.5+ miles. The view is worth it. And sign the book st the top. Last thing, rattle snakes seen on our trip near the summit.

Really liked this trail. Only reason I’m giving it 4 is due to how heavily trafficked it is. Camped a bit below emerald lake for a bit more seclusion.

hiking
11 days ago

What a climb! 4.5hrs round trip for my pup and I (saddle and back). Start early to beat the heat and bring plenty of water. Constant uphill with limited shade.
Heard from multiple hikers that the scramble to the peak is a bit sketchy, so we were satisfied with the saddle views (roughly 3.4miles up to get there)

We started around 2:30 am to make it up for sunrise. I was skeptical but it was well worth it. We are pretty fast hikers and it took us about 6 1/2 hours of actual hiking time. Views are unreal

I wanted to cry so bad at the end. My feet were blistering and you cannot stop on the trail for a long time without the flies being overwhelmed by your presence. The view was totally worth it and the hard work made the apple I had the juiciest, most delicious apple ever!

Awesome hike. My brother and I have played soccer our whole lives and are very active and decided on our off day to do this hike. We aren't in peak physical condition right now, but we are probably in better shape than the average person. We found it to be a good challenge, especially the final third of the ascent. It's steep as heck. Took us about 3.5 hrs to reach the summit and 1.5 hrs to get back down with some running. Definitely bring plenty of water. All in all the view is great and the trail is beautiful. Would definitely recommend it.

Did it yesterday. Agree totally with write up above. Tough but worth it.

This is definitely a hike to cross off your bucket list. This was my 3rd time and I forgot how steep the last mile is up to the saddle. My 10 year old daughter did it with me this time and she was a rockstar!! Start way early to beat the heat! We started at 330am - with headlamps. On the way back down we could feel the heat once we came onto the face of the mountain for the switchbacks. And sadly you get to smell all the exhaust from the freeway below for your last 2 miles of the descent. My gps said it was 4 Miles up to the saddle from the trailhead. We went up to the summit - making the hike 9.8 Miles round trip.

Very mellow hike if you are advanced. Wear good shoes there is a rock pile for about a mile of the hike near the saddle that is very difficult to maneuver on and if you don’t have a rock plate you feel every bit of it. Beautiful 360 views, great salt lake views, emerald lake was stunning and very cold. 3 hours to the top for advanced fast pace hikers. Expect to take 5 hours up if you are not.

Beautiful. From ~9500 feet on its a rock scramble but worth it. Look out for rattlesnakes at 10,500 feet.

Very mellow hike if you are advanced. Wear good shoes there is a rock pile for about a mile of the hike near the saddle that is very difficult to maneuver on and if you don’t have a rock plate you feel every bit of it. Beautiful 360 views, great salt lake views, emerald lake was stunning and very cold. 3 hours 25 minutes to the top.

This is my favorite hike ever. I’m hiking it for my 16th time tomorrow.

Beautiful hike! So many wild flowers, water falls, lakes and goats. Expect it to take around 9 hours if you are like us and like to stop to smell the flowers and gawk at the mountain goats. The hike felt longer than 14 miles and the ranger at the bottom confirmed that it is probably more like 16 or 17. Especially with exploration beyond the trail. Still doable in the day if you are experienced but definitely an long one. The aspen grove trail had significantly less traffic than the timpanoki side.

Beautiful and challenging hike. Start at aspen side and cross over to timpanooki. You will not regret it

Difficult but very rewarding. Hiked up Aspen grove and down Timpanogos trail. Staged a car at the finish the evening prior. Be ready for hiking over the scree fields (which I wasn’t prepared for). Not many people on Monday. The meadows in the cirque at the top make this a must do for wildflower viewing.

Really steep, great view and super fun once you get to the saddle. rough on the knees on the decent tho

hiking
23 days ago

Mount Olympus is one of the less scenic peaks along the Wasatch Front. It's easy to get to so time required to knock it out is less than some of the others. The trail is steep from top to bottom and exposed to sun in the late morning to afternoon. I recommend climbing early to avoid the heat.

Gorgeous views and probably one of the most difficult hikes I've done. Best time to go up is early-- around 5, if possible. You'll beat the crowds and you'll get cooler weather. I went up at 5:30 am and got back at 9:40 am. Pace is key with this hike. I recommend about 60 oz of water..

Beautiful trail. And not heavily used trail. Saw some goats at the lake, cooled off in a waterfall headed up. Great hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Start early in the morning, to beat the heat. First mile is easy, middle mile not too bad, but that last mile is tough as nails. Bring lots of water, and food. Hike takes the better part of a day.

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