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Mount Olympus as seen from above Parleys wall.


Mount Olympus, an impressive peak which towers above the east side of Salt Lake City, rises to an elevation of 9,026 feet. Long moderate routes are the main attraction here. Climbing these routes requires most or all of a day, and protection can be sparse. When climbing here, expect an alpine feel to the climbing, and for some approaches make sure to bring an ice axe. Also in this area is a popular toproping outcrop called Pete's Rock, which sits at the trailhead for Mt. Olympus.

Getting There 

Trailheads vary for Mount Olympus, depending on the route chosen. The main trailhead is a signed parking area off of Wasatch Blvd. Look for this on the East side of the road a ways south of 4500 South. This access covers Pete's Rock, Geurt's Ridge, and the main hiking trail up the peak. Other parking areas are best described per route.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

41 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Olympus:
Boreas   WI3-4     Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   Tolcat Canyon Ice Climbs
Standard Traverse   V1 5     Boulder, 50'   Pete's Rock Area : Pete's Rock
Blister Hill Bypass to Forgotten Arete   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1220'   South Summit
The West Slabs   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1660'   The West Slabs
Geurt's Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1500'   South Summit
Kamp's Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 8 pitches   North Summit
Kelly's Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Sport Utility Wall
Valhalla   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 5 pitches, 900'   North Summit
Hiditaka Suzuki's Sidekick   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Sport Utility Wall
Unknown   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Pete's Rock Area : Pete's Rock
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Featured Route For Mount Olympus
first rap on the route as viewed from the trail

Geurt's Ridge 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : South Summit
Geurt's Ridge is a really nice technical route which shoots straight up to the South summit of Mount Olympus. The rock quality is good, and tons of short finger/hand cracks add to the enjoyment. As for all routes on Mount Olympus, this has a pretty hefty approach. Start at the trailhead by Pete's rock, than follow the trail steeply uphill. Enter the wilderness after 15-20 minutes, and get to the stream crossing after 40-45 minutes. Above the stream is the so-called "Blister Hill". Switchba...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Closer view of Mt. Olympus from the NW (3/30/2003)
BETA PHOTO: Closer view of Mt. Olympus from the NW (3/30/2003)
View of Mt. Olympus from the NW (3/30/2003)
BETA PHOTO: View of Mt. Olympus from the NW (3/30/2003)
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By Thomas Parker
Feb 21, 2014
Here is a video of some awesome Mount. Olympus climbing! Video Here!
By TimmDe
May 1, 2014
Hey does anyone know if there is still a bunch of snow on this Mountain
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