Looking for a great trail in Mount Olympus Wilderness, Utah? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Mount Olympus Wilderness ranging from 2.3 to 9.8 miles and from 4,849 to 9,678 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
2 days ago

Did a night hike and was definitely blown away by the view of the city, the best view in my opinion. It’s a hard hike constant uphill hike but well worth it.

hiking
4 days ago

Mostly dry leading up to the creek. Needed microspikes and poles after that.

hiking
muddy
snow
6 days ago

Gear: snowshoes, ski poles, micro spikes, winter hiking gear, gators, gloves.

I didn’t wear/use any gear till I got to the stream/waterfall. Then I put on spikes, and used ski poles. At the saddle I put on calf-covering gators.

The snow above the stream was still firm for a few hundred feet then deteriorated to shifting and sloshy. Still manageable with spikes. The snowfield from saddle to summit was different. Numerous “snow boulders” had fallen and the whole snowpack was loose and appeared to be ready to slide. I stuck to the trail, ascending at about 130pm. I summited, and the trail down immediately presented challenges. The sun had melted some of it and weakened the trail. I had a fall just above a section of rock and snow and slid across all of it. The trail was giving way in the heat, but off trail would cause me to sink up to my hips. I called a friend before and after traversing the last of the summit to saddle down climb.

The trail the rest of the way down featured worsening conditions of loose/melted snow. So much fun.

hiking
muddy
no shade
snow
6 days ago

This is a great hike with amazing views. Earlier today was a mix of dirt, mud, snow pow, deep snow and slush! I will definitely be doing it again with my hiking poles and in the spring & summer!

hiking
muddy
snow
6 days ago

Super easy hike that is definitely appropriate this time of year! Small jog up and then the trail is nearly flat. We took our sweet, sweet time and did this in less than 2 hours. Some packed snow the first small part but then it's a mix of mud and snow. Had Yak Trax on but definitely didn't need them. Saw multiple people trail running too. And lots of dogs!

hiking
muddy
snow
7 days ago

Couldn't make it to the top due to snow past my knees haha. but I probably made it 3/4 of the way! Really pretty hike though and challenging!

Good hike. The trail was deeply etched because the Wasatch Hiking club went up earlier. The view was good from this minor Wasatch peak.

on Hidden Falls Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike to Hidden Falls and trail above. Snowy, sometimes muddy. Definitely manageable (and enjoyable) with Yak Trax.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful day to summit mt Olympus.

hiking
muddy
snow
21 days ago

Just did this hike yesterday and there is lots and lots of snow. Didn't have sticks or spikes and still made it to the peak just gotta be ready to slip and slide.

trail running
muddy
no shade
rocky
snow
21 days ago

Great smaller practice peak if you wanna do shorter periods for mountaineering training in winter. Great for trail running or simply just super fitness. More of a slog in winter but can be a quickie in summer. Doesn't ever flatten out and is really good for cardio and increasing VO2 max (I'm trying to sound smart here....so...). Anyway hard but rewarding. The view and eating out afterwards are definitely worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

You will need spikes for the second half. Hard but doable

great trail. nice scramble at the end to the peek.

I hiked yesterday before reading the reviews. Hiked all the way with trail running shoes with very little grips. Not a good idea.

Last week of February but there is a lot of snow on the trail. Very challenging due to ascension almost 1500 feet each mile. Highly recommend to use micro spike and/or nice pair of waterproof hiking shoes along with hiking poles to come down. Beautiful view of the Mt Olympus and part of wasatch as well as great view of Salt Lake City. It’s absolutely worth it getting to the peak.

hiking
snow
27 days ago

Take spikes.
And something to slide on.

Phone died but completed the summit in at 4:40 pm

hiking
29 days ago

I lost my keys above the stream. Found out when I got back down, had to go back and get it worked out.

muddy
rocky
29 days ago

great trail. Tough but fair

Beautiful hike. Did it early spring without poles/spikes, challenging but totally doable.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Holy moly. This trail becomes an entirely different beast in the snow. Spikes and poles are a must. Snowshoes will be helpful closer to the summit, although the narrow trail and steep incline makes them a little bit cumbersome. We made it about .3 miles from the peak, after battling thigh-high snow drifts and high winds for about 20 minutes before throwing in the towel. The views are incredible, but boy do you have to work for them. I’d love to do this hike again in the spring/summer to fully enjoy everything it has to offer.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

Great views at the top! Just awesome in the winter. Shocked I was the only one up there on a Saturday afternoon. You will see ski tracks going off the top...amazing. The last half mile deserves snowshoes and is strenuous in the winter. You could use either micro spikes or snowshoes for the first couple miles depending on how packed the trail is.

It's a steep hike that offers really cool views of the Salt Lake Valley. Not one of my favourites as there's no waterfalls, rivers or lakes to look at. It is doable in winter and I enjoyed myself over all, but it is exhausting fighting all that snow and it delays you. Make sure you have more time than you think you need before sunset. It's dangerous with light-hearted sliding down the steep, slick trail.

went yesterday. this is right off the road, just a few steps up the gully. it's mostly frozen over. so glad I had my spikes on. the trail right now goes right up on top of the frozen creek, so be careful on the ice. very pretty! cant wait to go back in the spring!

Went after fresh snow. So pretty. Going up with micro spikes was a good idea. We only went .5 mile up as it was getting dark. Hope to go back sometime to finish the trail. Great views!

Pretty waterfall. Super short hike. It took me longer to cross the road at the S curve than actually hike to the falls. I went left after crossing the road and starting into the trail. I followed the footprints in the snow, and they crossed the river to the left hand side , but you can't get too close on that side, and then they went back and crossed to the right hand side and got really close to the falls. It was a little stressful crossing the snow covered stream and hoping the ice is solid underneath, but I kept using my sticks to make sure it was solid and it was pretty hard. I did a 360 degree StreetView trail here, if you want to view it, it is on Google Earth, and my blog https://www.shaunasadventures.com/2019/01/360-adventure-hidden-falls-and-mill-b.html?m=1.
It was nice to pair it with walking up Mill B trail to the picnic area for the river is so pretty and it is right there.
I have to add that even though this was a nice hike, they don't plow the parking lots so parking is stressful along the road. Also, I had to drive about 10-15 minutes up the road to finally find a safe place to turn around when I wanted to go home. I saw people stuck trying to turn around in not safe spots, and I felt so bad for them, but I was terrified of helping and getting stuck myself. Just FYI.

Hiked before a snowstorm hit on December 30th. Kind of wish I’d taken the East trail as the West seemed to have deeper snow..It was a slog through all of the snow and definitely would recommend setting aside 3-4 hours at least in the winter to summit. Powder levels at the summit were almost 4 feet and deeper in some areas so you really have to watch your step and the coming back down was slippery. Microspikes and waterproof spray for boots/water resistant boots are a must this time of year. Want to hike in the summer now.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great little walk. The falls are easy to get to and it is a beautiful area. It is great in the summer and amazing in the winter.

Easy for families, even those with young kids.

Hard and exhausting, but highly rewarding!

Excellent Winter Summit!

Would like to come back with my snowboard, lot's of powder runs calling my name ...

Hiked everything except the last climb to Gobblers Knob on separate hikes. Nice view of the Wasatch Mountains to the south.

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