Salt Lake City: Mount Olympus

Not for the weak-hearted, this 6.8-miler gains 4,200 feet up wooded hills, through a weathered canyon, and onto the flanks of Mt. Olympus where views are beyond spectacular.
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Not for the weak-hearted, this 6.8-miler gains 4,200 feet up wooded hills, through a weathered canyon, and onto the flanks of Mt. Olympus where views are beyond spectacular.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.4

Waypoints

MOL005

Location: 40.6520118713379, -111.794998168945

Shady rest area near streambed (usually dry in summer); steep 2,700+ feet climb ahead

MOL008

Location: 40.6538505554199, -111.775230407715

Stiff climbing near the 8,000-foot mark

MOL004

Location: 40.6514091491699, -111.794548034668

Small campsite sits off the trail; amazing views of valley, but no water

MOL009

Location: 40.6540908813477, -111.771682739258

Trail levels near superb campsite; summit is a 600 ft. scramble up a large rockpile following well-worn routes

MOL002

Location: 40.6516647338867, -111.803451538086

High-water mark of the ancient Lake Bonneville, which 15,000 years ago was 325 mi. long, 135 mi. wide, and 1,000 ft. deep; turn around and imagine a giant, prehistoric lake that once filled the entire valley

MOL007

Location: 40.6519012451172, -111.784561157227

After the stream, progress is better measured in elevation gain rather than mileage; shady pine forest ahead

MOL006

Location: 40.6531066894531, -111.789245605469

Traverse E through Tolcats Canyon

MOL010

Location: 40.656623840332, -111.771049499512

Mt. Olympus: Panoramic views of the Wasatch to N and S; Deseret Peak sits far out in the W

MOL001

Location: 40.6518783569336, -111.806182861328

Trail begins @ 4,840 feet, climbing E to Pete?s Rock, a local bouldering spot

MOL003

Location: 40.6507453918457, -111.799346923828

Hike into Mt. Olympus Wilderness