My buddy from out of town and I started this climb at 2:30am and finished at 1:30pm. We free soloed up the massive west slab route, and then we traversed over the ridge to Mount Olympus and down the main trail. We were almost bitten by two rattlesnakes, and we saw five mountain goats. They are feakin' awesome, I have never seen one before. We decided to do this one on no sleep in the past 30 hours, and by the time we were finished we were dead tired.
Perfect day to hike. 2 1/2 hrs. ctc
Checked another mountain off my list. Arrived at the trailhead at about 8:30AM and had a leisurely stroll up the mountain. Ascended via the usual "Mount Olympus Trail." There was only snow for maybe the last mile of the trail.
Not overly crowded on the way up, but on my way down there were a whole lot of people heading up.
Lots of snow near the top. But fun fun fun
Fun scramble at the end, very steep hike, I ran down the steep section, I don't recommend doing that, Ill probably do this peak every year.
First Wasatch peak, done on a whim during a down day from skiing. Awesome time, great views.
This was a very sad, yet spoonish, attempt of mount olympus. did not make the summit, but atleast took a wiz on the saddle, which was fun in its own right. (the trip, not the whizz)
I climbed Mt Olympus with Joe and Shelley to celebrate New Years this year. I sat whimpering at the ice crux just long enough (plus my leg cramp) to miss the last ascent of the year, but I got the first of 2009 at 5 minutes past! Then I spent the night on top - which I highly recommend to anyone who loves winter climbing in the Wasatch.
You know, if you knock off a few more ascents, we should probably just name the peak after you :-)
Hit up the old REI garage sale then scrambled the West slab. Hot on the face in the summer, but easy approach up colouir. I did it in my sandles and used a sturdy stick for snow. (Climbing shoes on the face though) descended main trail down then shuttled with nice folks.
I don't even count.
04/22/06 - Amazing! That is all I can say about Mt. Olympus. The view from the saddle is amazing, the view from the summit is amazing.
11/03/07 - Talked my cousin into doing it this time with me.
11/16/08 - Still an amazing hike!
11/06/10 - Hiked to the stream with Dean, then summited alone.
That was a nice workout. Hiking just before 9AM, down just after 1PM with a leisurely time on the summit. Next time I'll traverse out to Triangle and maybe Raymond.
Hiked this peak with my friend Jerry on a beautiful fall day in September of 2002. Almost had to call search and rescue to get him down, but with persistence and rest he made it too. What a great view of the Salt Lake Valley from the summit!
Many accents on the trail. Geurts ridge twice, both solo. west slabs 3 times; twice solo and one solo trip was started pedaling from downtown Salt Lake. Most recently in March via the Zeus chute then up the ridge close to the north summit, all topped of with a ski decent down the north face, just east of the apollo chute. Scariest turns I've made; exposed and steep, everything had slid a day or two prior, making the upper portions quite icy and the lower portions were cinder blocks of avalanche debris. This was also done solo.
Great day of climbing and scrambling. This is a fun traverse. The whole traverse can easily be accomplished without a rope, but the last downclimb before the south summit (described as 5.6 downclimbing on the route page) is a little tricky. It takes some good route finding and patience to locate the best route down.
So glad I called in sick today! Nice, quick trip with incredible views and weather. Very happy to finally get up there.
Had to turn around about 100 vertical feet before the summit. Just too much water on the scramble portion for me: slush was melting, water was running down the rocks in little rivers and visibility was low with the snow falling. It all added up to more than my ability level. Also, this was my first time on Olympus; possibly my route wasn't the best? Decent amount of snow still at the saddle, plus yesterday's precip and today's storm made it a fun but very wet time up there. Mostly slid all the way down from the scramble to the stream crossing... I'll be back to finish the last few feet--in either July or January when it's a little easier footing.
I left the trail at the stream crossing and bushwhacked up drainage to the base of the couloir. This would have been more fun with more snow, but it was fun anyway. The climb up the north side of the south peak was iffy with verglas covering the rock. Put on my iPod and ran out the normal trail.
August 2, 2015 I did the West Slabs solo. About an hour hike to the slabs, and an hour "climb" up the slabs. Made the mistake of walking down the drainage south of the slabs. Nightmare bush walk took 3 hours to get back to car. Only say one rattle snake but I'm sure I walked by more. Best to go up the slabs, over to the peak, and down the summer trail.
Sept 15, 2014 for Joseph Bullough's 500th ascent.
May 27, 2013 - Went up Geurts Ridge. Took 5 hours to reach the peak, and 100 minutes to descend via the regular trail.
June 16, 2012. Went up the West Slabs, across to the North Peak, and back up to the South Peak. 6.5 hours car to car.
Dec 9, 2011 - There is no snow yet in Utah, but we hiked up Oly anyways!
The Replacement -- I had set out May 10, 2008 to do the triple traverse (Dromedary, O'Sullivans (aka Sunrise), and Broad Fork Twin Peaks, but after reaching the peak of Dromedary I realized I wasn't going to make the other two without crampons (which I didn't have with me). Given, that I had allotted the day to climbing, but was driving out of Little Cottonwood Canyon at 10:30 am, I used the time to bag Mt. Olympus instead. I used the standard Mount Olympus Trail, which was mostly snow covered for the last mile or so.