Ascent of Mount Olympus on 2011-06-18

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Others in Party:Lee Jensen
Date:Saturday, June 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Olympus
    Elevation:9026 ft / 2751 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Olympus made for an excellent Saturday morning ascent in early summer. We were a little behind and hit the trailhead at 7am and to our semi-embarrassment, we were met with scores of individuals 30-40 years our senior finishing their morning trail run of Mt. Olympus. Our "early" morning start was feeling pretty lazy at that point.

We started up at what we felt was a leisurely pace and maintained this all the way to the top. The trail was steep, more than 4000' of elevation gain in 3.5 miles. We didn't find it overly difficult, however. The path was easy to follow, and nowhere was it excessively slippery or loose. Even when you reach the saddle at 8450', the route up the summit block to your north appears much more difficult than it actually is. It is a class 2-3 scramble with not much exposure, considering the location. You work your way up a couple of well protected, wide fissures in the south face, with a little jog to the east halfway up.

The view from the top of Olympus was heavenly. The rest of the snowy Middle Wasatch Range to the south was absolutely glowing in the summer sun. Views of Broads Fork Twin Peaks and its flanks were the best I have ever seen. Snow remained on the summit of Mt. Olympus, but even then you could boulder-hop your way to the highest point without ever touching snow if you really wanted to.

At the summit the temperature was 60° F, 35% humidity, with not even a breeze. Spring runoff was a presence on a small section of the trail above the second stream crossing. You basically are walking up the runoff on the rocky trail itself for a couple hundred yards, but it's not difficult. Mud was minimal, and dry rock tops were easy to navigate.

I would recommend shoes with good traction and a low propensity for causing blisters; this trail is quite steep and you spend time on relatively slippery rock. The scrambling on the section near the summit was less slippery than I had heard, but maybe that was due to the good pair of shoes I had. I was also glad I had my hiking poles, as they saved my knees on the long descent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4200 ft / 1280 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Mt Olympus Trail
    Trailhead:Wasatch Boulevard  4826 ft / 1470 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Partly Cloudy
Cool and clear, calm
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes

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