Summited this baby several times back when I was a Runnin' Redskin at the U of U in the early 1960s.
I finally got my lazy butt up to Mount Olympus today. My new Yaktrax worked great (on the way up), and I had the summit to myself. I scoped out some of the tricky looking Wildcat Ridge- very rugged! A family of goats came to see me trying to get down the snowy trail from the summit...maybe it was the sound of the metal on the Yaktrax?
First February ascent of Olympus for me. Others in May-November.
The snow was great climbing up. The trail was slick coming down. Crampons or some kind of traction on our boots would have been very helpful.
4/2/2011 - Windy and warm. Snow conditions were completely different from last week. Climbed with Brian.
3/26/2011 - Snow climb with Ammon and Brian.
4/28/2007 - Nice little half day outing with Ammon, Kurt and Rob.
12/9/06 - Failed attempt. We stopped a few hundred feet from the top due to poor visibility and a heavy snow storm.
Summer 2004 - Great hike and a terrific view of the valley. Start early and bring plenty of water. Also, watch out for rattlesnakes around the bottom. I about stepped on two on the way down.
This was my first mountain in the Wasatch and I loved the last scramble to the top, exposure is what makes it fun
-Climbed 2/20/06, snow was nice, but no summit views because of a cloud, I highly recommend it in winter.
Foggy, drizzly day. Couldn't see the valley from summit. Maybe next time.
Did this hike with Joe Bullough just to get out during bad weather. I had to slow down as I hadn't worn my mountaineering boots all fall, but we still made the summit in 2:40. We encountered the worst climbing conditions we've yet experienced on this route, with most of the class 3 portion covered in verglass, which made for a fun/interesting climb w/o crampons or an ice axe!
First long multi-pitch climb. It took us all day I know that, it was 12 pitches. I'm guessing it was between 1,500 and 2,000 feet. It was not that steep, pretty easy climbing but just really long. We were both pretty worn out by the time we got to the top. We headed back down and ended up bush wacking the whole way back, it really sucked. Then had to walk about a mile through the streets back to the car.
My son and I started hiking at 9:00 am and reached the stream crossing an hour later. Above this point all the Maples were vivid shades of red, orange, and yellow. The Oak was still green and fully leafed out. This as most always is an extremely hot hike when the sun is out and today was no exception. We arrived at the saddle shortly before noon and looked around and down into Heughs Canyon. We took our time and scrambled up to the summit. About halfway there I stopped for a few minutes and had some water and something to eat. My son lost the steep trail thru the rocks and went too far west and up an exposed rocky spur ridge to the summit. My son, now 26 had not done this hike for several years. When he was in ninth grade, he and two friends bicycled to the trailhead, and climbed the 4000' to the summit. He didn't remember the trail being so steep. Today we spent about an hour on the summit and partially climbed down the East side toward Wildcat Ridge looking for a way to Triangle Peak for a future climb. All in all a great hike. We made the car a little after 3:00 so my son could be to work by 4:00.
Have made this summit nearly a dozen times, from March through early December. Fun little scramble to the top.
Great trail, even though it was quite steep and a bit disorientating on the top as to where the summit is. We ascended on wrong side of summit and ended up sliding down this horrible scree hillside before finding our proper trail back down. Saw rattlesnake, mountain goats, etc... on this route.
Ok guys. I've hiked Nebo, Timp, and Ben Lomond, three of the longest and steepest in the Wasatch, but this little 4 miler is unrelenting! Very cool mountain though! Saw a gi-normous bull snake just below the stream crossing, but no rattlers. So, which hill is "Blister Hill"?
New PR to summit of 1hr:14min:23sec. Time car to car was 2:06 something. Left about 6 a.m.
Climbed up to the northern most summit with fowweezer. The route is a great ridge scramble with a few easy 5th class sections. Our desent route was pretty rugged.
Great climb all year, this time crampons needed for last half. I've done West Slabs Route, West chute between North and South Summits in snow, Heughs Canyon South Route.
Time from cement barricades at south end of parking lot, to summit (which is a little east once you actually top out) = 1:14: 54. My new PR.
Other dates and time:
1/22/05 (during an inversion) time to summit = 1:36:08 My Kahtoolas came in real handy on this one.
5/19/05 time = 1:35:17 Still hit some snow before reaching the shoulder. Scramble to summit was dry.
First: Route Climbed: Mount Olympus trail, Date Climbed: June 14, 2005
steep, and very very hot.
Others:04/28/2007, 06/26/2010, 03/26/2011
Fun climb followed by a painful bushwack! I also summited via Mt. Olympus Trail on 1/27/01, 2/03/02, 1/31/03 and 1/17/04.
A great Tour de Olympus - Brenton and I were climbing the West Slabs by ca. 9:00am, topped out about 4:40 hrs later. From there we scrambled up to the northern summit, and picked our way up all of Olympus' summits (which I've wanted to do for a long time), before heading down the main trail to our car shuttle.
Beautiful day to hike, despite the wind. Finally found some snow at the very top.