Mount Olympus Trail

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Mount Olympus Trail is a 6 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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4107 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

Climb 4,000 feet on this great trail to fantastic views over the Wasatch Valley and Salt Lake City. This is a steep, Class 3, climb up 4,000 to the top of a peak with great views over Salt Lake City and the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. You will be surprised at how abruptly you leave the bustling city below and find yourself high in an alpine environment. This is a good peak for budding mountaineers to start with.

backpacking
2 hours ago

This hike is NOT 3 miles. About 6 to the very top. Beautiful but pretty challenging hike. Spikes are a must right now

18 hours ago

Gorgeous hike!

hiking
9 days ago

my first

hiking
11 days ago

Didn’t take the prior reviews seriously about the necessity of ice spikes, but stopped in REI for some YakTrax just to be safe. Glad I did. You won’t reach the summit without some extra traction. Did not bring trekking poles or running gloves, but would recommend both. If you can handle the ice/slush, the views are amazing.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike. Still a bunch of snow and ice on the trail leading up to the saddle, so spikes are a must.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful day to summit Olympus. The trail got a little icy around 2.5 miles, so spikes helped for sure. I would suggest hitting the trail early while the snow is still icy to avoid the slush. The trail is well broken all the way to the summit. Beautiful sunrise from the top and many friendly and respectful hikers met on my way down. Keep trekking!

hiking
22 days ago

Rated hard for a reason. It's a steep climb up over rocks that at times offer few footholds. But the views and experience winding up the mountain is well worth it. My puppy had a blast climbing the rocks like a little goat. There's still slush on the trail (and icy parts where the forest starts), so we didn't complete the trail. You want to wear good shoes and consider ice crampons in you want to reach summit right now. There are plenty of spots right off the trail to stop, catch your breath, drink some water, and rest your legs while you enjoy the views. The trails are a bit confusing around mile 2 with all the switchbacks, so you might want to have your app handy to check you're on route. We'll definitely return once the snow melts a bit more and try for the summit.

hiking
25 days ago

The 1st part of the big stairs are kinda fitting considering your hiking up to mount Olympus. We got almost to the 2nd creek. After the 1st it is covered in snow 75% of the trail. Will be coming back to attempt the peak next month or June.

30 days ago

Went up on the 5th and the snow tracks end at the last half mile of the trail. Had to turn around because I didn't know the trail well enough to figure out the right way and the snow was thigh high. Tough but worth it even if you don't make it to the top. One of my favorite trails in SLC! Beautiful year round and almost the whole hike up.

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Was definitely a test without micro spikes but beautiful.

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months 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.

3 months ago

Amazing views!!

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

This was my first Utah hike. This hike was amazing and one of the most difficult I have ever done, until day two (Mount Olympus). This was also my first snow hike, which was better than expected and I would recommend it. I was expecting a lite dusting of snow at the top due to a recent snow fall, but was hit with unexpected snow and ice, which began about an hour in. About 2.5 hours in, we turn a bend, and were welcomed by an amazing lake view, the first of three. As we continued on, the hike became steeper, more challenging, and more beautiful. The last bit is a scramble and the point where oxygen sickness started to set in. I would recommend doing a lower hike the day before to get used to the elevation, especially if you are coming from sea level, like we were. I would absolutely do this hike again and recommend it to anyone who is physically fit and looking for a challenge with a rewarding view.
I hiked this on October 6, 2017.

3 months ago

fairly easy switchbacks for the first third of the trail, But the last third being steep with a scramble up the last 300 feet. beautiful view at the top showing the Salt Lake valley, and the Wasatch ridge line 10/10 would recommend!

4 months ago

first hike in Utah. Not disappointed!

4 months ago

Hiked Mount Olympus for the first time with my kids (10 and 12) it was a hard hike but totally worth it to see SLC from the very top!

hiking
4 months ago

I had a blast on Mount Olympus! I went hiking on Saturday, December 16. Parts of the trail were covered in ice which made finding grip difficult. By holding on to some trees I was able to ascend the mountain. The scrambling at the top was a little bit sketchy because the trail was difficult to find. Overall it was a great experience.

hiking
4 months ago

What a view! Looking forward to next summer!

4 months ago

I lost a Boston beanie on Mount Olympus this morning. If anyone found it and sees this message please email me at mirandahollomon@gmail.com

4 months ago

Harder than expected, but the view was so worth it! Took 2:07 up, accurately 3.26 miles up. not very fun to come down because it was steep

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike

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