(Mount Olympus Wilderness Area)
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day
Distance: 6.4 miles (round trip)
Walking time: 6 hours
Elevations: 4,200 ft. gain/loss
Trail: This is a very popular hike. The trail is well used and generally easy to follow. The last 0.1 mile below the summit, however, is very steep and rocky and some scrambling is necessary.
Season: Summer through mid-fall. The upper parts of the trail are usually covered with snow from mid-November to early June. For current conditions call the Salt Lake Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, at (801) 943-1794.
Vicinity: Near Murray and Salt Lake City
Looking west from the summit of Mount Olympus
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Mount Olympus, the peak for
which the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area was named, forms a very
prominent part of the Murray skyline, and it has been a favorite
hike of the nearby residents for almost as long as Murray has
been a city. It is not unusual on weekends to see fifty hikers
relaxing together on the rocky summit.
As you start up the trail to
Mount Olympus you can look down and be thankful that in 1984,
after a long and difficult fight by concerned citizens, most
of it was included in the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. The
first half mile of the trail, however, crosses private land,
and there is a real danger that some day it will be obliterated
by real estate developers. Hopefully when this land is developed
public access to the trail will be preserved.
If you are interested in a supplemental map of the
Mount Olympus area, we recommend:
Wasatch Front/Strawberry Valley (Trails Illustrated, map #709)