Explore the most popular Trail Running trails in Mount Olympus Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 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.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful day to summit mt Olympus.

hiking
muddy
snow
16 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
16 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
16 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
22 days ago

Take spikes.
And something to slide on.

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

hiking
24 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
24 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

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 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!

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.

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 ...

Great little hike. Fair bit of snow in some sections — post-holed it through those. Glad I brought spikes/gaiters/poles. After about a mile, no other human tracks on the trail. Did see moose, deer, and lynx (or small mountain lion) tracks along the trail for ¾ mile though. Stunning views from the overlook.

trail running
3 months ago

This is absolutely one my All Time favorite summits in Utah. I love it because it’s steep and relatively a short 3.3 mile to the top. My personal record to the summit stands at 1 hour 37 min and little under 41 mins to run back down to the trailhead. As of December 8th, I have summited Mt. Olympus 16 times in 2018.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this hike as a prep hike the weekend before I did Mt. Whitney. It was my first time doing it even though I have hiked all over the Wasatch Front. I was amazed at how majestic this hike is from beginning to end. It's a great hike to do in the late fall and early winter because it starts at a relatively low elevation compared to most other hikes near Salt Lake City/Sandy, Utah. As such there was little to no snow on the trail. I did it in about 5.5 hours (around 3 hours up, 2.5 hours down).

On the last quarterish mile scramble to the summit, I got misdirected and started ascending the wrong way. Luckily, a dude set me in the right direction (thanks Stu!) and I got to the summit to take in the preposterous views of Salt Lake Valley. Early on in the hike, it also forks and one prong of that fork goes down the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. I walked down that trail for a few hundred meters before I realized my error (thanks to the AllTrails app).

I highly recommend this hike.

Loved every second, on the way up at least

I planned to hike the church fork route from the east, but did not specify to Google maps, which took me to this trailhead. With limited time before my flight left, I decided to go for it. It was unrelentingly steep for sure, but not overwhelmingly. The afternoon sunlight on the golden grass and city view made it worth it. The east route was likely cold in the shade. Being from Michigan, a handful of breaks were need to catch my breath. It was a cool experience, but will likely explore other options the next visit to SLC.

Found a sport dog field trainer thing on the trail. find me on Instagram @savethenegs to retrieve it.

No snow until you begin moving up Raymond past the saddle. No spikes or yaks needed at this point, but my poles were quite helpful as snow increased with the climb. It was a gorgeous day and the snow was grainy and easy to hike early on. Things did get slippery and spikes are recommended once you get to the ridgeline at least. Pretty deep but the foot path was packed in some areas. Postholing along some parts, so gaiters are recommended too.

Spectacular view of the SLC valley! A great Halloween hike!
Dress warm ❄️

Holy crap what a trail!!! Very rewarding and yet hard , not for the fainted heart! Did this hike on Halloween day, you may see snow towards mile 3 once you get to first summit it’s all dried! Lot of people on the trail. Made it to top in 3 hours plus about half hour for breaks and picture takes, coming down was also a little challenging because of the snow that melted and now it was slushy, def hiking poles . Coming down took me 2 hrs.
Layer up as it’s very cold on the scramble area if sun is not out. Happy hiking!

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