Just before Halloween, I set off to climb my 16th peak. I can’t believe that the mountain I look at every day is the one I climbed last. I’ve hiked Mt. Olympus several times to the saddle but always on days when the rock scramble to the peak was too slippery to attempt on a solo hike.
The trail is located along the east size of Wasatch Boulevard about 1.6 miles south of 4500 south. Parking is allowed on the road but I prefer to park in the parking lot. The trail is marked and very easy to see. It is well traveled even on weekdays. Expect a steep climb for much of the trail as it gains 4,200 feet in 3.75 miles. Be wary of the hike in the heat in the summer as most of the trail is exposed. Plan water accordingly. The majority of rescues on this trail are with hikers who don’t bring enough water so pack a lot. I carry a hydration pack with a full water bladder. I prefer the fall when the weather is cooler which is why I waited toward the end of the year. I’ve climbed to the saddle during winter.
The 9,026 peak climb is considered a class 3 and is doable for beginners but expect it to take a while.
It took me nearly 5 hours and I am an experienced hiker. The average is 6 hours and I’ve heard of many people even taking longer.
I didn’t have to hike far before I got a good view of the Salt Lake Valley which is what makes this hike so amazing.
I love the area approaching the saddle. With a great view of the peak and a great overlook of the Wasatch Mountain range, I always take time to stop.
The last part of the hike is a rock scramble to the top. Since I did this as a solo hike, I made sure to take my time so I wouldn’t lose my balance. One of the nice things about Mt. Olympus is that the proximity to the city means I had cell service the entire hike making it a good choice for those who must hike solo.
As for what to hike in, I like my trail running shoes, that way I can run down parts of the trail.
I have a hard time running up since it is so steep.
My quads burned when I got to the bottom and hurt for a few days after but the views from the top were so worth it. I felt like I was standing on top of the world which.
My peak goal has inspired confidence in myself that I can do hard things and helped me recognize what a beautiful world I live in. I’m not stopping just because I attained my goal. Machu Picchu here I come!
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