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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.

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
6 days ago

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

hiking
7 days 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
10 days 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.

Good hike, but it is steep and in early February there was a lot of ice and snow toward the top

hiking
14 days 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!

pretty good hike there is snow and ice in top but ice cleat or micro spike will work prefect. great work out.

hiking
18 days 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.

Whoa! Amazing climb! Very steep - mostly muddy and sludge today. Incredible view of the valley!!!

Jan. 27, 2018 hiking
Only need microspikes at the moment. It did get pretty windy towards the top so dress warmly. Pretty chill pace since I haven't hiked much the last few months and I developed a blister on my heel. 2 hours up, 1.5 down

hiking
28 days 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.

snowshoeing
28 days ago

Fun snowshoe trail

Amazing views!!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible view from the top. Icy and some light snow.

Love this hike!

Worth the view! Lots of snow and ice towards the top. Loved the challenge

A little muddy but other than that very good. Had to ditch my crampons about 4/5 of the way up because the snow got so sticky it was forming in big chunks on the spikes

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