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Best trails in Mount Olympus Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Mount Olympus Wilderness, Utah? AllTrails has 26 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 15 hard trails in Mount Olympus Wilderness ranging from 2.5 to 10.4 miles and from 4,819 to 10,232 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Mount Olympus Wilderness
Park information
Acreage:
15856 acres
Contact
(801) 236-3400
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Top trails (26)
#1 - Mount Olympus Trail
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 5 h 35 m
As of May, 2020, users have reported that the existing trailhead parking is CLOSED for construction. Only a small portion of the northbound shoulder adjacent to the project work area will be blocked oShow more
#2 - Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face)
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face) is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurShow more
#3 - Hidden Falls
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 4 m
Hidden Falls is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking aShow more
#4 - Mill B North Fork Trail
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 6 h 24 m
Mill B North Fork Trail is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#5 - Lower Mill B North Fork Trail
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Lower Mill B North Fork Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actShow more
#6 - Butler Fork to Gobblers Knob Trail
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 5 h 6 m
Butler Fork to Gobblers Knob Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offerShow more
#7 - Butler Fork and Desolation Trail to Mount Raymond
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
Please note: this trail is in a protected watershed, so dogs and swimming are not allowed.Show more
#8 - Mount Olympus Pipeline Trail
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Mount Olympus Pipeline Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#9 - Bowman Fork Trail to Baker Pass
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 5 h 26 m
Bowman Fork Trail to Baker Pass is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is prShow more
#10 - Granite Flume Trail
Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 38 m
Granite Flume Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
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