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Mt. Olympus
Salt Lake County, UT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The lower Mt. Olympus Trail
The lower Mt. Olympus Trail

Route: Mt. Olympus Trail

After dealing with minor acclimatization issues on a ski trip to the area in March, I decided to change my approach for a hiking trip. In the spring, I had gone directly from an evening flight up to Park City, and then skiing in higher elevations the next morning.

This time, I arrived in the valley in early afternoon and stayed down for the duration of my stay. On my second day, I headed over to Mt. Olympus.

Though initially a brief steep ascent, the trail gradually climbed up a series of gradual switchbacks with excellent views, eventually reaching a dry stream crossing. Shortly thereafter, the pitch increased again and the trail headed into some vegetation. Eventually reaching an open area known as the flats, the trail took a left turn and soon emerged at the base of the summit cone.

From there, it was a series of scrambles, none technical or particularly exposed to great heights. The trail was not well marked at this point, so it was helpful to take note of the route for the descent. Reaching the rocky summit, there were spectacular views in all directions.

While I did notice the effects of the altitude around 7,000 feet, I only dealt with heavier breathing from a symptom perspective. Thanks to a sunrise start, I was able to make it down prior to an afternoon thunderstorm hitting.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Olympus
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, August 23, 2013
Parking Elevation: 4,820'
Destination: Mt. Olympus
Time Elapsed: 02:24
Trailhead Elevation: 4,820'
Summit Elevation: 9,026'
Vertical Gain: 4,256'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:05
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,306'

The Mt. Olympus Trail trailhead
The Mt. Olympus Trail trailhead

The upper Mt. Olympus Trail
The upper Mt. Olympus Trail

Looking north from Mt. Olympus - Click to enlarge
Looking north from Mt. Olympus

Looking at Salt Lake City from Mt. Olympus - Click to enlarge
Looking at Salt Lake City from Mt. Olympus

Topographic map of Mt. Olympus

Directions to trailhead: From Belt Route I-215, take exit 6 to Route 190 southeast. Soon thereafter, take a left onto Wasatch Boulevard (northbound). The Mt. Olympus trailhead will soon be on the right, with a parking lot above the road, as well as some room to park along Wasatch Boulevard.

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