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The Mount Olympus Wilderness was established by Congress in 1984 with the passage of the Utah Wilderness Act. Located within the central Wasatch range, the Mount Olympus Wilderness consists of approximately 15,856 acres and is generally bounded on the north by Mill Creek Canyon, on the south by Big Cottonwood Canyon, on the west by the Salt Lake Valley, and on the east by Gobbler's Knob, Alexander Basin, and Dog Lake. The portion in Big Cottonwood Canyon falls under Salt Lake City watershed restrictions. Photo of a Mount Olympus Wilderness sign.There are several entry points in each canyon and along the Front as well. They include the following: Mount Olympus Trail and Neff's Canyon from the benches along the front; Thayne's Canyon, Porter Fork (private road), Bowman Fork, and Alexander Basin on the northern or Mill Creek Canyon side; and Mill B North Fork and Butler Fork on the south side from Big Cottonwood Canyon. You can also enter the Wilderness about a quarter of a mile west of Dog Lake. The Dog Lake entry receives most of the mountain bicycle violations. Bicyclist like to ride the Desolation Trail to the Mill A Basin Trail and out or exit the forest by way of Butler Fork. Due to the fact that there are no lakes in this Wilderness, it is not used as much for overnight camping. You will also see a little less use here in general except for the increasing problem with mountain bikes (mountain bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas). The Mount Olympus Wilderness provides a spectacular backdrop for the Salt Lake Valley and is dominated by rugged terrain, narrow canyons, and high peaks, including Mount Olympus, Mount Raymond, and Gobbler's Knob. The geologic structure of the area is varied and complex, consisting of granitoid rock masses and several sedimentary formations. Carving of the present alpine topography is due to glaciation with erosion the current dominant force in the land sculpturing process. Much of the higher elevation is alpine, characterized by large, open cirque basins, and exposed rocky ridges. Vegetation includes dense mountain brush mixed with sagebrush and grass. Patches of various firs and aspen are common in isolated patches on north facing slopes. Snow remains in some areas until mid-summer. To preserve and protect the physical and aesthetic environment, National Forest wilderness areas are closed to motor vehicles, mechanized equipment, hang gliders, and bicycles. In addition, parts of this wilderness lay within the culinary watershed for Salt Lake County and special restrictions concerning camping, swimming, and domestic animals apply. Please help protect wilderness for future generations by learning and practicing "No-Trace" camping and hiking techniques. The following acts are prohibited in the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area: Group sizes exceeding 10 persons, camping within 200 feet of lakes, streams, springs, or other water sources, camping within 200 feet of trails, camping for more than 3 days at one site, short cutting a trail switchback, and disposing of garbage, debris, or other waste.

Super super easy and super super short. great for little kids to hike or byu couples who need a place to NCMO.

I loved this hike! It's a butt burner for sure, after the stream it gets EVEN STEEPER so be aware there isn't a lot of relief from relentless climbing. That said, if you have good baseline fitness, this will be a good challenge but totally doable. We wished we had poles for the descent, and both me at 40 and my sister-in-law who is 30 could feel it in our knees by halfway down. The scramble at the top is no joke, you need to be comfortable on rocks, but again, if you have much experience hiking, it will not seem crazy hard. We got on the trail at 5:30 am and avoided the intense heat, it's pretty exposed for the first half so I would recommend getting there early. Like everyone says, bring plenty of water and snacks!

I won't lie! TOUGH!!! But worth it. Start as early as possible - NOT AT NOON!!!!! Lots of water, hat, sunscreen, GLOVES (as suggested by another hiker below) & maybe poles (take just in case for descent) PLEASE don't take your dog. I left mine at home & found coming down, the trail was emmitting such immense heat that I was glad about the decision.

When you do the scramble, near the top you will come to a dead tree/log, go to the right. Then, at the next fork you really need to go left. The right takes you to the west side which, I was told, does not get you to the top. At least, ask people as you go up for the detail.

5 days ago

Absolutely one of my top 3 hikes in the valley! With about 4200' elevation gain, it's a very steep hike. Although, it is totally worth it because the views along the way are great and the view from the peak is unmatched! I would highly recommend doing this for sunrise. We started at 5:15am which kept the sun off us for the whole hike and we finished it at 9, before it got too hot.

The scramble to the peak is worth the view! A great climb.

6 days ago

Challenging, so expect a workout.
The view is an amazing 360 you can't capture with a camera.
Left at 8:30 am but sooner would have been better to avoid some heat.
Bring lots of water

awesome hike with a great view

Excellent hike. Summit Mr Olympus by mid-late May will setup the rest of the Spring-Summer months

8 days ago