Mount Olympus Climber's Log

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Moogie737 - Jun 24, 2007 12:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2021

South Route  Sucess!

June, 2007. This was my 14th time at the summit, but this time it was just the beginning leg of the notorious Wildcat Ridge hike. Our group of 6 began just after 6 a.m. and took our summit photo 2.5 hours later. The entire Wildcat took us nearly 13 hours. Whew! Chalk up #15 on 10-30-07. Very small patches of snow below the saddle but otherwise dry. Nice on top. #16 on 11-15-07, this time to the diamond-shaped north summit boulder. Tricky route going up, but staying on the ridges wherever possible is a good watchword. #17 on 12-13-07 in 6-8 inches of powder and some ice above the saddle. #18 1-17-08 Cold, lots of snow, so much on top that there was zero scrambling. Thanks to Neo for leading the way! #19 1-29-08 Tons of snow, Dave led the way. #20 2-9-08 Still tons of snow, w/ Brooke. #21 4-12-08 Still tons of snow, crampons on scramble, thanks again to Knee Oh! #22 4/19/08 Snow? Yes. Ice? Yes. Fun? Yes. 2+20 up, 1+20 down. Strong south winds the whole time! #23 6-10-08 This was a memorial climb of sorts with a contemplative stop at a special place along the standard trail. The day before I had encountered a bull snake not far from the TH. I will post a picture of it. Yes, reptiles are there! #24 2-17-09 2+43 up with treacherous loose snow on top of old ice for the scramble. Made it, though. Safely. Much wind and no visibility on top with snow falling. #25 3-21-09 w/ Brent. Remaining snow was icy, rocks on scramble quite wet with running water. 2+10 up 4-2-09 #26 w/ Zeejay. Nearly 5 hours to the top in deep fresh snow. Literally swimming from the saddle to the top. In April? Yes! #27 4-16-09 Two feet of fresh snow meant 3+48 to the top w/ trailbreaking 100% of the way. Amazing for this late in the year. #28 5-14-09 solo #29 5-23-09 Solo - good time (1+42:30). #30 6-4-09 Solo. Personal best time of 1+34:30 to the top. #31 8-19-09 1+48 up. #32 9-29-09 W/ Dave & Christine to the north summit in strong winds. #33 10-1-09 Solo. Worked my way through and over 6" of snow (first storm of the season) to reach the crisp cool air on the summit. #34 10-19-09 1+53 up, solo; the day before a forecast storm. Nice. #35 to the north summit via the West Slabs. First time up those hairy little buggers. :) #36 10-29-09 W/ Brent & Judy; 6" new snow, 20 degrees-brrr. #37 11-13-09 w/ Joe Bullough - a safe Friday the 13th activity! #38 11-20-09 Solo - One more for the book. Icy in spots, clear up the scramble. #39 12-10-09 One of the more difficult ascents because of 3"-5" of airy snow over a layer of icy melted snow and single digit temps. 3+ hrs to the top. #40 12-24-09 Fresh snow, broke trail last 1,000'. #41 12-26-09 Followed many of my own footprints to the top. Gorgeous day. #42 2-2-10 First up after new snow, bumped into ZeeJay above saddle 2+42 up. #43 2-11-10 #44 2-15-10 #45 2-16-10 #46 2-27-10 w/ Brent-his 1st winter climb of this peak. #47 3-30-10 Solo 2+23 up, 1+31 down. #48 4-6-10 2' of new snow, trailbreaking solo the entire way: 4+10 up, 1+45 down. One of the toughest Oly climbs I've had to make. #49 4-13-10 W/ Dave. 18" new snow near summit. Tough going. 3+45 up 2+30 down. #50 4-29-10 Solo. Very tricky. 12" new snow on top of old crust and ice on scramble. Cold north winds and heavy falling snow last 1,000'. 3+10 up, 2+10 down. #51 5-1-10 Another foot of new snow! Solo. 2+45 up 2+02 down. Curious snowglyphs at the summit. #52 6-3-10 Solo. 1+58 up, same down. Snow on top still over a foot thick. #53 6-10-10 Got a late start but still 1+55 up. Very little snow on top now. #54 9-4-10 Solo 1+40 up 1+24 down. IVD #55 10-23-10 Solo, snow coming. 1+50 up. ivd #56 11-20-10 Gale-force winds, especially down low; ice, snow, fun. 2+10 up. ivd #57 11-23-10 Solo. Cold, fierce swirling winds, knee-deep snow drifts, icy boulders 2+55 up. #58 12-30-10 Solo. Snowshoes and trailbreaking the entire way; 4 feet of new snow for the final 600' vertical. Exhausting and 10 degree cold to boot! #59 1-6-11 Solo. 2+27 up, great snow but still very cold. #60 1-13-11 Solo. @2+35 up, 1+45 down, cold but excellent boot pack to follow on the scramble. #61 2-3-11 Solo. Breaking trail from 2nd stream xing, gnarly on the scramble with plenty of ice and drifted slippery snow. 13 degrees at start of hike. 3+23 up. #62 2-22-11 Solo. Lots of great snow-kicked steps from 500' below saddle to summit but no need for ss or crampons! 2+55 up. #63 3-31-11 W/John. Kicking steps in from 10 minutes above the 2nd stream xing to the summit. More snow in the scramble and on the summit than I have ever seen. Fantastic. 3+31 up. #64 & #65 Snow climb to north and south via Tolcat. 7 hrs r/t. Tons of good snow. W/ Dave & Christine. #66 & 67 4-7-11 Just like two days ago except this time I was solo. Harder when solo! :) #68 4-12-11 W/ ZeeJay & Dave - snow depth amazing. #69 4-14-11 Solo. 8" to 12" of new snow. Trailbreaking from 2nd stream. Shocking snow depths in scramble.#70 5-20-11 Solo to saddle in 12" new wet snow. W/ Joe to summit. This is May 20th? #71 6-4-11 Solo - last peak of Triple Play: Big Beacon, Grandeur west route and this one. Still lots of ugly snow from below saddle to summit. Still fun. 2+26 up. #72 6-17-11 & #73 6-30-11 No snow now, good time up 1+53. #74 10-31-11 Dry. 2+11 up in dark (it is Halloween afterall!) #75 11-3-11 3rd leg of Triple Play (see 6-4-11), 2+14 up, pesky, icy snow above 2nd stream.#76 3-19-12 Had to get it in official winter so bagged it with 12" of new snow on the last day of winter. Trailbreaking from the 1st stream crossing, snowshoes from the saddle in sugar snow on top of crusty ice. Hmmm. #77 4-21-12 As 1st leg in the "Reverse Triple Play" route. 2+06 up, 1+34 down. W/ Gristle. #78 5-15-12 W/ Brent. Saw one rattler on the lower trail. 2+25 up. #79 10-16-12 Solo. Cool & breezy on top. 2+11 up 1+34 down. #80 12-25-12 Weihnachtswanderung mit ausgezeichneter Gesellschaft und 12" neuem Schnee. 4+50 up. #81 1-1-13 New Year's Day climb, leider allein mit neuem Schnee. 3+30 up. Microspikes notwendig. #82 2-12-13 Mit Hilfe von einer Freundin habe ich den Weg bis oben neu gebrochen im vielen neuen Schnee. 4+41 bis zur Spitze. Nachher habe ich Grandeur Peak erobert. Ich war muede nachher. #83 3-26-13 3rd leg of Triple Play 2+42 up 1+44 down. Muede. #84 4-9-13 Solo 5+04 up One of the toughest climbs of this little peak I've ever had; 8" to over 12" of new powder on top of crusty collapsing leftover snow and plenty of rime under fluff on the boulders in the scramble. #85 4-16-13 Solo 3+10 up. 3" to 4" new snow but better footing by far than #84. Microspikes from saddle to top. #86 5-7-13 2+25 up, virtually no snow or ice on the scramble but clotted dirty icy snow below the saddle for about 15 agonizing minutes. #87 5-13-13 Icy mud/snow now replaced by generic mud. Saw no rattlers, though. :) 2+13 up 1+45 down. #88 6-21-13, #89 7-2-13 and #90 7-23-13 with early starts to beat summer heat. 2+08 up on the 23rd. #91 8-1-13 Solo. 1+51 up - one of my better times. #92 8-22-13 Solo. Early. 1+52 up - nicht schlecht! #93 9-12-13 Rain and thunder buddy t made it anyway. Immer gut, treue Freunde zu begruessen. #94 9-14-13 1+58 up. #95 9-28-13 Gute begleitete Wanderung. #96 10-4-13 Im neuen Schnee, 4-5" am Scramble. #97 10-8-13 w/ Brent to saddle, then solo. 2+12 up, 1+50 down. Schoen. #98 10-17-13 Solo. Near full moon, clear, headlamp up the scramble. 2+21 up. Brrr on top with wind. #99 10-23-13 2+21 up. #100 11-6-13 Snowy scramble with absolutely the best company for which any mountaineer could wish. No confetti, no brass bands; only heartfelt gratitude. #101 ? #102 12-19-13 Solo. Microspikes all the way; scramble dicey with 3" loose snow on ice-glazed quartzite. #103 1-23-14 2+35 up with my 96-year old mother. What snow is left is rapidly becoming treacherous ice. #104 2-8-14 4"-5" new snow, 2" of ice on the scramble. Met WMC group on way down. #105 2-11-14 Solo. Lotsa new snow. Es war ein einsamer Morgen aber man macht das Beste das man kann. #106 2-17-14 Presidents' Day special - dicey scramble. 3+02 up. #107 3-3-14 2+23 up - Spring-like. #108 3-5-14 Afternoon delight 2+28 up. #109 3-26-14 Solo celebratory climb. Bad icy snow above 2nd stream to saddle. 2+14 up. #110. 4-4-14 One foot+ new snow-dicey scramble. 2+43 up. #111 4-15-14 2+13 up. Hab' das Auto gesehen aber leider nicht die Besitzerin. #112 4-26-14 After Grandeur West this! Continuous snow falling from 2nd stream. 2+17 up. 7,500' e.g. helps to relieve stress. Und IVD. #113 5-15-14 1+55 up da ich so begeistert war von gestern Abend (2 koestliche Stunden). #114. 5-26-14. Solo, leider. 1+58 up. IVD #115. 7-3-14 Up 1+50, down 1+37. IVD #116 9-4-14 Allein. 2+11 up IVD #117 9-15-14 To help Joe B. celebrate his 500th ascent of this gem. #118 9-16-14 Solo. Early 2+16 up, 1+32 down. IVD. #119 12-30-14 4+45 up Serious trail breaking most of the way. #120 3-24-15 up 2+48 New snow over old ice! IVD #121 5-1-15 Solo aber einsam. #122 5-9-15 It rained, it hailed, it snowed and then it poured rain from the 2nd stream down. But I made it safely. IVD #123 8-8-15 W/ Deborah, my oldest daughter. Up in 2+47 including breaks! #124 9-14-15 Solo 2+03 up & IVD. #125 10-24-15 Solo 2+28 up. IVD #126 11-2-15 Solo from 2nd stream. #127 11-23-15 Solo. #128 11-26-15 Solo Thanksgiving climb, 3"-4" new snow. IVD. #129 12-5-15. W/Brent. Icy 3+29 up. #130 12-21-15 To celebrate the winter solstice. Solo. 4+29 up, snowshoes even in scramble. Tough. #131 12-28-15 Solo 4+13 up. SS the entire scramble where drifted new snow had me literally finding & breaking trail. Very challenging. #132 1-5-16 Solo. 2" new snow made it slippery. 3+19 up. #133 1-8-16. 5+02 on a day begging for creativity and perseverance. Mit Yz. #134 2-2-16 Very tough climb with a foot of new snow and thigh-deep stuff the entire scramble. 4+25 up! And cold. #135 3-15-16 Beware the ides of March... Very tough scramble: 6" new snow on top of old crusted icy snow and slicked up quartzite slabs - wicked combo. 4+21 up w/ crampons and ice ax.#136 3-29-16 Solo. Very tough with 6" to 8" of new snow on top of hardened snow and often ice. Crampons/ice ax for scramble. 4+59 up. #137 5-20-6 With Yz. Windy. 3+10 up. #138 6-3-16 Solo 2+09 up. #139 10-4-16 Solo. Helped a fellow from NYC up the slippery (patchy snow) scramble. 3+16 up. #140 11-15-16 Solo. To commemorate the super moon. Up 2+39. #141 11-29-16 Solo. Over 1' of new powder. Arduous and tricky snowshoeing to top. 5+07 up. #142 1-10-17 Solo. 4+22 up & one of the hardest, trickiest scrambles ever overcoming 1"-2" of ice on the boulders which was covered by anywhere from 2" to 6" of newly fallen and constantly blowing snow. Winds were hideous. #143 1-16-17 w/ Lana. Cold but sunny on top. 3+51 up. Frozen snow above 2nd stream all the way. #144 2-7-17 w/ Sam Grant.Strong gusting winds. 2+47 up. #145 2-20-17 W/ Lana. Tough scramble, slippery big time below the saddle. 3+10 up. #146 2-28-17 Solo. 6"-12" new snow..SS from 2nd stream to summit. Challenging. Cold. 4+33 up. #147 3-14-17 Solo. Up 2+55 1st ascent since ablation 1 week ago. #148 4-4-17 Solo. Quite cold, cruddy freeze-thaw leftover snow on the upper trail and verglas on many sections of the quartzite scramble boulders. 2+37 up. #149 4-10-17 Solo. Cold, new snow, thick ice on the scramble. Crampons a necessity. 3+28 up. #150 4-24-17 Solo. Very slippery in spots. 2+42 up. #151 5-1-17 Packed snow from 30 minutes below saddle, mixed bag in scramble. 2+44 up. Bicycle along side of trail half way to the saddle! #152 5-10-17 Solo. 2+21 up. #153 5-23-17 Solo. 2+22 up.15 yards of snow still on top. #154 7-31-17 Solo. 2+06 up. #155 8-8-17 Solo, 2+04 up. #156 9-14-17 Solo, 2+14 up. #157 10-25-17 Solo. 2+21 up. Bone dry. #158 11-8-17 Solo. 2+36 up. #159 12-19-17 Solo. To celebrate the birthday of my twins. Icy and bare, scramble almost all dry. 2+42 up. #160 2-6-18 2" new snow, slipping & sliding, dicey at times on scramble, snowing on top, 3+05 up. Solo. #161 3-19-18 Solo. 3+07 up - microspikes & ice ax. #162 3-26-18 Solo birthday hike. Very tough conditions. Snowshoes, microspikes & ice ax necessary. 4+41 up. Snowing lightly most of the way. #163 5-1-18 Solo. Tricky scramble. 7" fresh snow plus melt. 3+39 up. #164 6-11-18 Solo. 2+05 up, ideal morning.#165 8-14-18 W/ J.P.Lewis to saddle, solo to summit. Hot and smoky. #166 10-2-18 Solo. 2+23 up. Big rain coming in pm. #167 11-13-18 Solo. 25 degrees. 25-pound pack made for a lengthy summit ascent: 2+56. #168 12-24-18 Solo. 32 degrees, 24# pack, broke trail from saddle, 2"-3" new snow above 2nd stream, 3+-05 up. #169 w/ Lana and dogs, Tough conditions, snow all the way, micro spikes, cold. 5+ up. Lost mitten but found it the following day. #170 03-02-19. W/ Lana. Crampons from 1st stream. 4+33 up. #171 04-11-19 Solo. 6+35 up in two feet of new snow, blown to a smooth constant 30 degrees of slope all the way up from 20 minutes past the 2nd stream. Bushwhacked both up and down - impossible to locate the trail. #172 05-06-19 Solo. A mix of running trail water, mud, icy snow and frozen bootpack to the sunny friendly top. Up in 3+00. #173 06-19-19 Solo. Dry. 2+26 up. 2-foot long bull snake encountered on the way down. #174 07-17-19 W/ Angela, Abigail and Addie 3+54 up. #175 08-06-19 Solo. 2+28 up. #176 09-10-19 W/ John Parley the first half. #177 12-06-19 W/ Lana. 4+14 up in much snow above 2nd stream. #178 01-03-2020 W Lana, 4+28 up, lots of snow and 3" fresh stuff. #179 01-18-2020 With WMC Dave Lewis, Andee Thatcher & Lana. Snowshoes all the way from the 2nd stream. 4+57 up. Bluebird day. #180 10-12-20 W/ Lana & Brent. 3+07 up. Perfect wx. #181 11-30-20 W/ Lana. Bluebird day. 3+37 up, icy trail, microspikes. Full moon. #182 02-11-2021 Solo. 3+12 up. Icy trail, some snow, a thin pesky layer of freshly fallen snow made the scramble especially spicy. #183 02-15-21 Solo. 3+44 up. 5"+ of loose snow made the scramble tricky and frustrating but I made it to the top. Cold, wind, snow up there. #184 03-03-21 W/Lana. 4+00 up w/ perfect frozen snow, no wind. #185 06-29-21 Solo. 2+40 up. Climb dedicated to ZeeJay.

Rocky Alps

Rocky Alps - May 28, 2007 1:56 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2007

Mt. Olympus Trail  Sucess!

Went with a buddy from work for my first hike of the season. The trail was steeper than I anticipated (this is the only hike I've ever done where my knees were sore afterward), but the scrambling at the end was pretty straight forward. The small summit has nice views of the other major Wasatch peaks in Salt Lake County. We were treated to a great sunset on the way down, and the city lights below made it possible to get back down without needing a flashlight. After seeing the freeway below on the way back down, it seemed like it took forever to get back down.


Bassoon - Apr 5, 2007 4:36 pm Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2007

So close...

Went up as a training climb, but had to stop just short of the summit due to massive falling icicles. To be or not to be a human shishkabob? Will be up again soon.


RDG - Mar 25, 2007 12:16 am Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2007

Mount Olympus Trail  Sucess!

Second time to the summit. Plenty of people going up the trail this spring day. Most stopped though at the at or below the saddle on the main trail because of snow and ice. Lost trail at some point and had to scramble up to the summit on the opposite of the trail. Fun exposure and great views.


renogurt - Mar 6, 2007 7:25 pm Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2006

Good Day Hike  Sucess!

I've been up this multiple times, but not as much as some people on this site. If you do West Slabs, leave the rope at home. Bring the rope for Geurt's Ridge (multiple rappels). The normal trail is a fun night hike in the summer.


Lubos - Feb 11, 2007 5:48 pm Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2007

Olymp  Sucess!

A great workout mountain in summer or winter


CubicleSlave - Feb 1, 2007 11:58 pm Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2006

Beautiful View  Sucess!

My first real winter hike.. was awesome.. was soccerdude and I..


soccerman - Dec 26, 2006 3:26 pm Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2006

Winter Acent  Sucess!

We made it up to the top. The last 15 minutes or so is a little slippery with all the snow it. The view up top was incredible this time of year.


apachedino - Oct 7, 2006 4:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2006

4 times, three routes  Sucess!

Climbed 4 times, twice via the standard route, once in summer once in winter. Once on the north face to the north summit and then traversed to the south and down the standard route it's a great route up top but horrible bushwacking for the first bit plus lots of rattle snakes I almost got bit by one in a stream bed, and most recently up Geurt's Ridge by far my favorite route, although it is recommended to rope up it is really not necessary except for the two rappels.


Outdoorpartner - Oct 5, 2006 5:47 am Date Climbed: May 22, 2006

Good spring or fall hike  Sucess!

Since the trail faces West, this is one of the first summits you can hike in the Wasatch. I climb it a few times each year.


JFields - Oct 5, 2006 1:12 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006

via Mt. Olympus Trail  Sucess!

Long hot hike. 3,500' in 3.5 miles all up.


regolithe - Sep 15, 2006 9:03 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2006

Started at 11:00 pm, wearing "Reefs"  Sucess!

Fun hike! STEEP! It's an amazing view of Salt Lake City from the summit at one in the morning.


cchump8 - Sep 4, 2006 5:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2006

Mt. Olympus Trail  Sucess!

Really fun hike, and only a 10 minute drive from my house!

J Anderson

J Anderson - Aug 12, 2006 10:16 am Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2007

Nice times  Sucess!

06/17/2006 - I hiked up this one with Asher and realized just how long it had been sice I had last hiked. We decended Tolcat canyon.
08/30/2007 - Nice morning hike all by myself.


Renardo - Aug 6, 2006 8:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2004

Bring lots of water  Sucess!

I could also have titled this "Don't hike when its 100 degrees outside." Went through my 3 liters of water on the way up. Luckily there was a group at the summit that gave me plenty of water for the way down. Overall a great hike just outside of the city!


mtn_pika - Aug 4, 2006 5:47 pm

Mt. Olympus Trail  Sucess!

Climbed with Susan in April 2005 and June 2006 -- very hot and steep. Although the majority of the trail is not very scenic as compared to other Wasatch climbs, the fun scramble towards the top and the summit views make this climb worth the effort. Looking forward to climbing this mountain in the winter.


pbogen - Aug 3, 2006 6:02 pm

fun climb  Sucess!

Been to the top of this mountain four times. A great hike with a fun scramble at the top.

Jeremy Franchow

Jeremy Franchow - Jul 29, 2006 7:49 pm

Mt. Olympus Trail and Wildcat Ridge  Sucess!

Climbed at least once, usually more, every year since 2000.

IdaClimber - Jul 10, 2006 9:14 pm

Nice Climb

Good Climb


HighCountry - Jul 8, 2006 3:16 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2005

West Face 5.5-5.6  Sucess!

Can a climb go on forever? That's what we were thinking after about 15 pitches of 5.6. This is a great beginner's alpine climb. It is nice and laid back and had good pro all the way up. We ended up climbing huge full rope pitches on a 70 meter rope. This would be an easy route to free solo, but I don't suggest it. Best to descend the way you came up, we tried to hike off the backside and ended up on a nightmarish bushwhack late into the night. Amazing views all the way up make up for the less challenging climbing that is required.

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