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Mount Olympus has twin summits of nearly the same elevation. The south summit is slightly higher, at 9,026 feet. This is where the popular hiking trail off Wasatch Blvd leads to. Also, a rugged ridge, Geurt's Ridge, leads directly to this summit coming from the west. Tons of quartzite cliffs are passed on the hiking trail which may have some potential for climbing. Routes on these walls would mostly be easy, and a long approach is required to reach them.

Getting There 

Exit I-215 at 4500 South. Drive south on Wasatch Blvd, then park at the obvious Mt. Olympus parking lot on the East side of the road (next to Pete's Rock). From here, a steep, well defined trail leads up towards the South summit.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in South Summit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Summit:
Blister Hill Bypass to Forgotten Arete   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1220'   
Geurt's Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1500'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: 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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