|Mount Olympus Summit
Length: 7.5 miles up and back
Description: Mount Olympus is a prominent 9,026 feet peak on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley. Views from the summit are considered to be some of the best in the region. The top of the mountain is a federally protected wilderness area with great aesthetic and recreational value.
The trail is wide and easy to follow. It gains some 4,100 feet over the course of 3.75 miles, making it a fairly steep climb. But this is a great hike and virtually anyone can do it if they just take it slow and steady. This is a spectacular mountain and it is well worth the effort. There are few places in this world where you will find such a gratifying summit, in such a pristine area, so close to a metropolitan area.
The trailhead is located on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard. From 4500 south, drive south on Wasatch Boulevard for about 1.6 miles to the parking area. A sign identifies the parking lot as the Mount Olympus Trailhead. (A large rock next to the trailhead is known locally as Pete's Rock and is a popular place for casual rock climbing.)
From the trailhead, follow the obvious trail east up the mountain. This is a very popular hike during summer and fall and a surprising number of people do it during the winter, even when snow is deep. Because of the foot traffic, snow on the trail is packed and snowshoes are usually not needed. When hiking in winter, always be cautious to avoid avalanche danger. From the summit, return the way you came up.