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I love this hike!

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!

It was a good hike. Rocky but good. The second half was still covered in snow making it hard to navigate the rocks. The view was spectacle. Our dogs did good on this hike too.

my first

hiking
10 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.

We like to hike up on the left side of the river. It's nice and shady much of the way. Can't wait to hike it again!

I usually hike the trail on the north side of the river, but I opted to try out the hike on the South side last night. It is interesting how different the 2 trails are. The South side is such a nice wide well maintained trail but is far away from the river that you can only hear it in the distance. The North side is a narrow trail that hugs the river so there is scenic views all along the trail. The South side has a nice straight shoot view of the falls, but kept hiking hoping to get closer and I never found an amazing view point of the falls. I will have to do research but I watched for Kairns to direct me to the great scenic spot and there was a only 2 ok far away spots that were along the trail. The North trail gets hard to follow up by the falls and if you miss a Kairn you can easily get lost. You are so close to the falls, but most routes to get close to the falls are precarious and a little dangerous to get down to the falls to actually see them. There have been people who have died here with just a slip and if you end up in the water here you are just done for. I think I still like the trail on the North side better for the views along the river are so amazingly beautiful, but that is not the official trail they want you to be on. So be careful when you get up to the falls and try to keep in your mind the landmarks of where those Karin's are so you can get back on the trail safely.

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!

walking
18 days ago

Fun little hike

hiking
19 days ago

Uphill climb the whole way, but not too bad. Snow is all but gone and there are only few slick spots left. To reach the base of the falls, at the fork with a sign go left. About 30 feet up on the left you’ll see a side trail that’s a short, steep descent to a well traveled path. This brings you to the base of the falls where the magic really is.

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

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!

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.

hiking
22 days ago

The trail is mostly clear now--there are some long ice sheets in the last half mile before the turnoff to the falls. I had microspikes, but I suspect you won't need them if you trust your shoes. Waterfall was lovely--the 2 mile trail to the waterfall is more interesting when things are greener than they are now. The dead horse is still off to the side of the trail.

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.

A beautiful and magical hike when there's several feet of snow and even more falling. Nothing too strenuous, but it's not noted that you have to park right of the highway and hike roughly an additional .5 mile to get to the trailhead. The snow was hard packed enough that hiking boots were sufficient, though many people had snowshoes. The little climb to get to the cave where the falls are was a bit slick without any kind of spikes, but still doable.

wide range of things to see. so much fun and by far one of my favorite hikes I've done. I did the glacier and back down the other side so it was a bit longer but absolutely incredible.

Hard but fun!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is hard packed all the way to the falls. Spikes come in handy for the final accent. Really cool icicles on the falls right now.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Hard with new snow. Only one person on trail to summit (Sunday). Snowshoes necessary past Y fork.

Catching up on some reviews, so note that I did this in early September. I know many people start around 2am to get to the summit at sunrise, but I just wasn't done for that this go around. Started the trail around 7am and got back to the car around 2pm. Lots of people going both directions. The log at the top was already filled with 200 names, just from that day!! Saw a mother moose and her two babies, as well as a mountain goat. Beautifil wildflowers filled the fields. Great time with some good friends--would definitely recommend doing this one.

Attempted a climb just yesterday and the trail was pretty accessable. there were places where spikes were very useful. On the approach to the final climb snow shoes are required. My buddy brought his but I didn't so we ended up having to turn back. Another hiker on their way down said that he got to the base of the final climb but there was steep ice covered by snow that just slid away so we had to turn back. Those looking to summit this time of year need spikes, snow shoes, and actual crampons / ice axes.

I loved this trail up to the saddle. I must have done it on the busiest weekend of the year so it was a little treacherous actually summiting due to mostly a lot of boys jostling, and the summit itself was very chaotic with lots of people on it. But the part up to that was pretty mellow and had such spectacular views of the wasatch and was lush with flowers. When I do this again, I’ll just go up the the big meadow on the timpooneke side or the emerald lake, once on the summit was enough for me.

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.

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