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Mount Olympus  


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Elevation: 7,969'
Location: 47.80136, -123.71086 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Olympic National Park backcountry pass required for all overnight travel.

Be prepared for rain/wet weather no matter the time of year. Blue Glacier can become extremely hard later in the season.

Getting There 

Travel out the Hoh River Trail to Glacier Meadows for 17.5 miles. Reach the Blue Glacier by following either the Terminus Primitive Trail or the Blue Glacier Primitive Trail to the glacier's lateral moraine. Cross the Blue Glacier and ascend to the top of Snow Dome. Gradually ascend from Snow Dome to Crystal Pass. Ascend the false summit then descent to climb the final steep snow slope to below the summit block. The summit can be obtained through a variety of 5.4-5.6 trad climbs or by scrambling loose rock around the back.

Climbing Season



Weather station 19.5 miles from here

1 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Olympus:
Blue Glacier   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, Grade II   
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Featured Route For Mount Olympus
Summit Block (north side, which is also the rappel)

Blue Glacier 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Mod. Snow  WA : Olympic National Park : Mount Olympus
Typically done over 3 or 4 days. On day 1, hike into Glacier Meadows. There is a rope ladder over loose scree that you have to down-climb located a few miles from Glacier Meadows. Otherwise, the trail is fairly straightforward to follow, albeit long.Day 2 is summit day. Hike to top of the lateral moraine east of the Blue Glacier. Descend to the glacier over the loose moraine. The glacier travel is fairly moderate and easy-going. Depending on conditions, you can choose to traverse across or aroun...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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