Mount Olympus Blue Glacier

Forks, Washington 98331

Mount Olympus Blue Glacier

Mount Olympus: Blue Glacier Professional Review and Guide

"Mount Olympus is literally the crown jewel of the Olympic Mountains. It not only is the highest and most heavily glaciated peak of the Olympics, but it lies near the geographic center of the range. Olympus, named for the fabled home of the gods of Greek mythology, is one of the most remote of the Olympic Mountains.

Although Olympus rises to within a stone’s throw of 8,000 feet elevation, it is so thoroughly enfolded within the range that it is practically invisible except from the highest surrounding ridges and summits. The approach hike is 18 miles long, one of the longest approaches of any peak in Washington. Despite the tedium of hiking so far carrying a heavy load of climbing and backpacking gear and supplies for the usual three-day ascent, the approach rarely deters climbers from the task. The recommended climbing season is from late June through early September most years, although good conditions often exist from the middle of spring into fall. Winter ascents are rare due to the long approach and avalanche hazard."

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Trail Information

Forks
Nearby City
44
Distance
7,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
6 - 8 hours from Glacier Meadows to summit; best done as 3-day climb
Duration
Class 3
Class
USGS Mount Olympus; Green Trails # 134 (Mount Olympus)
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Oct 2018