Difficulty: Experts Only ♦︎♦︎
Length: 8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet
Dog Friendly: Yes, but there is a mild scramble to the summit
Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.6518, -111.8062
Directions: The coordinates will lead you directly to the trailhead. From there you will see a parking area at the edge of the road. The trail is clearly marked and easy to follow.
Relentlessly steep with breathtaking views of the valley from base to summit, Mount Olympus is a hike you must complete at least once in your life. At 9,026 feet, this mountain is one of the valley's most prominent peaks, sitting right on the edge of the city. The trail begins with built-in stairs, wraps up and around the hill, and then transitions into a long series of switchbacks. The last stretch before the saddle is the steepest part, and it can be slippery when snow or ice is present, so spikes are a good idea in the fall and spring. Turn left from the saddle to head to the summit, where there is a bit of mild scrambling required, but it's nothing too technical. Take your time (and plenty of water) and push onward to the finish—you won't regret it.