Mount Olympus Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Mount Olympus, the peak for which the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area was named, forms a very prominent part of the Murray skyline, and it has been a favorite hike of the nearby residents for almost as long as Murray has been a city. It is not unusual on weekends to see fifty hikers relaxing together on the rocky summit. The climb described here leads to the south summit of Mount Olympus, but there is also a north summit. The two are about 300 yards apart, separated by the upper reaches of Tolcats Canyon. The south summit is higher than the north summit by 67 feet. It is also the only one with a good trail leading to it, and the one most frequently visited by hikers. The north face of the north summit, however, is a favorite among more serious mountain climbers. Although it looks foreboding, there is actually a route up the north face which requires little or no technical rock climbing skill.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Mount Olympus, the peak for which the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area was named, forms a very prominent part of the Murray skyline, and it has been a favorite hike of the nearby residents for almost as long as Murray has been a city. It is not unusual on weekends to see fifty hikers relaxing together on the rocky summit.

The climb described here leads to the south summit of Mount Olympus, but there is also a north summit. The two are about 300 yards apart, separated by the upper reaches of Tolcats Canyon. The south summit is higher than the north summit by 67 feet. It is also the only one with a good trail leading to it, and the one most frequently visited by hikers. The north face of the north summit, however, is a favorite among more serious mountain climbers. Although it looks foreboding, there is actually a route up the north face which requires little or no technical rock climbing skill.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Summer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,830 feet
Top Elevation: 9,026 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Olympus Wilderness Area, Salt Lake Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Maps: Sugar House (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Olympus Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/10/2009
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It was a tough hike, I did in with my arm in a sling so I guess it was a bit harder than usual. It gets real steep in many parts, had a hard time on the way down, when you get to the saddle there are some good views looking off the side of the canyon, the last part of the scramble was not too bad, excellent views at the top, almost stepped on a rattle snake though so be careful, i would not recommend doing this hike with dogs, I have taken mine a little of the way up but the top part is too exposed for them


7/19/2006
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Fun hike for my husband's 40th birthday. Very steep and narrow in parts. Very exposed to the sun. Glad to make the top.


6/17/2006
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Did this hike as an overnighter. The trail guide says that virtually the only flat spot on this hike is at the saddle near the peak. We found this to be true. Very few people do this hike as an overnighter, so expect solitude at the campsite. However, it seems that everybody and their dog is on the trail on Saturday or Sunday, so do not expect solitude on the weekend on this trail. First thing in the morning we spotted mountain goats up near the summit. Great views from the top! As mentioned in another report, this trail is steep. With trails like this, you don't need to be climbing a stairmaster... Hit the trail!


6/7/2003
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Steep, STeep, STEEP! Trail guides say the hike is 3.2 miles each way, but it will feel much longer than that distance. Make sure to take plenty of water and well broken in shoes. This trail punished my thighs on the ascent and my feet on the steep descent. However I really enjoyed the views near/at the top and the fun scrambling section up the last 400 vertical feet. Best to do this hike on a cool day, because you will be exposed to the sun for a good portion of the trip.



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