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Mount Olympus is the highest mountain of Washington's Olympic range. It is a massive glacier-clad mountain with three peaks, rising above the rainforests near the Pacific coast. The West Peak is the higher of the three, though only slightly higher than the Middle Peak (7,930 ft.) and East Peak (7,780 ft.). These are three of the four highest peaks in the entire Olympic Range, and together rise impressively above the surrounding mountain landscape.

On July 4, 1788, British Captain John Meares named Mount Olympus which had been called El Cerro de la Santa Rosalia by Spanish explorers.

Elevation (feet): 7,965
Elevation (meters): 2,427
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Olympic Mountains
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.801251
Longitude: -123.710861
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1907
First successful climber(s): L.A. Nelson and party
Nearest major airport: Seattle, Washington
Convenient Center: Port Angeles, Washington

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 27 trip reports for Mount Olympus.

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  • Log #22534 - by theyogiclimber on June 11, 2016
    With David and Andy. 4 of first five days during a record heatwave.  Encountered two other small parties but neither made it to the summit. Only our party summited.
  • Log #21571 - by Mark Kaufmann on Jan 08, 2009
    Mt. Olympus is a long hike in. We did it in one day and stayed at Glacier Meadows. Next time we will camp at Elk lake and the next day pack light to the summit. Make sure you bring good rain gear,...
  • Log #20657 - by Ross Hamilton on Feb 09, 2007
    First climb we came in the Hoh Second climb we came in from the Queets Basin, over Humes, Hoh and Blue glaciers. Spent the night on Panic Peak. Made two assents of West Peak. Truly spectacular!
  • Log #5978 - by Nancy South on Aug 06, 2004
    Climbed with a good friend Kim Wilkens Had a great day on the mountain
  • Log #5979 - by Dan Thornton on May 29, 2004
    Thanks to whoever dropped the Natural Light.
  • Log #5980 - by Eric James on May 03, 2004
    My brother and I climbed this in the afternoon. It took us about 5 hours round trip, via the Tolcats Canyon trail. It is a great hike...the trail is very easy to follow, although in the spring it is...
  • Log #5981 - by julien schmitz and laurent gabiot on Oct 29, 2003
    2nd time to olympus west peak: first 2 years before by the normal route, then this time more adventure, because we went all the way from the south fork hoh river, walhalas, and finally west, middle...
  • Log #5982 - by Ron Buford on Sep 29, 2003
    We took parts of two days to hike into Glacier Meadows. Six of us started at 5AM Monday, summitting at noon. There was a freeway all the way to the top from the west flank of the lower Blue Glacier....
  • Log #5983 - by Dennis Spurling on Sep 07, 2003
    My son, Dan, myself, and our guide Monte Blunk, summited this beautiful peak on a gorgeous late July day. My son and I have hiked extensively in New England, but we had never experienced anything...
  • Log #5984 - by Milkman on Aug 18, 2003
    Day One: Hoh Visitor's Center, past Olympus Ranger Station, camped at 12 mile point (12 miles/7 hours). Day Two: From 12 mile camp site to Glacier Meadows (6 miles/8 hours). Day Three: From Glacier...
  • Log #5985 - by Lyn on Aug 11, 2003
    1999 - Normal route to South Summit 2002 - Normal route to South 2002 - North Summit via Tolcat 2003 - Best hike yet - Up Tolcat, climb the South Summit from the north side.
  • Log #5986 - by jerrett archer on July 12, 2003
    a most amazing journey from the Hoh Rain Forest to the top of Mt Olympus. the approach to the first glacier is over 17 miles but every step is worth it when you're in the ancient forest of humongous...
  • Log #5987 - by Dave Rohde on July 10, 2003
    Whoa, hey nels! Crazy. Anyway, its funny to see how many people had to trudge up through the rain to end up with good weather. I guess we'll never know about the times when the weather didn't clear...
  • Log #5989 - by Nels Peterson on Apr 18, 2003
    Even as climbing ranger last summer I still enjoy every climb up Mount Olympus. Highly reccommended to anyone looking for a great approach and beautiful climb, email me for any information. ...
  • Log #5990 - by Kevin Koski on Nov 24, 2002
    Wow! What a collection of crevases to cross in Late September on a light snow year.
  • Log #5991 - by bobbi croxford on Aug 29, 2002
    as part of her 40th birthday celebration and a longtime goal, sandy, asked friends to summit mt. olympus with her. many friends were willing to go with sandy but schedules were conflicting with the...
  • Log #5992 - by Brian Tickle on Aug 21, 2002
    Two of my friends and I decided to climb this mountain as part of our 11 day trek through the Olympics and for me it was the pinnacle of the trip. We headed up from Glacier Meadows at 3:30 in the...
  • Log #5993 - by Milkman on July 18, 2002
    For several years I've made the 19 mile hike to visit the glacier moraine below the Blue, but have never summited Mt. Olympus, yet. Finding climbing partners who like this long approach and don't...
  • Log #5994 - by Ronrick on Dec 04, 2001
    Hello everyone! I'm looking to summit late july 02. I'm not familiar with the area and would like some info on conditions. I've climbed Shasta but i assume that the glacier travel will be more...
  • Log #5996 - by Brad Speer on Dec 04, 2001
    Great climb, weather was warmer than typical ran into a little more than average problems with slush holes on the Blue and crevasses. Beautiful views, saw all the way to the Pacific. Definitely one...
  • Log #5997 - by Max on Sep 15, 2001
    I'm 12 years old, and went on one of my scout troops hikes. We hiked 18 miles to the mountain and two of my leaders summited the mountain. Don't let me here someone say it is only 7,000 feet, because...
  • Log #5998 - by Lee Todd on Aug 25, 2001
    My wife and I plan on climbing Olympus in Aug 02, and would like someone with experience to give us an idea of what kind of gear rack we need, as well as information on an easy/safe approach route....
  • Log #5999 - by Jeff Leite on July 29, 2001
    The quality of the rock on the 120ish foot spire of west peak has deteriorated in the past five years. It is still a moderately easy climb from the north side. Found three decent places for...
  • Log #6000 - by scott perkins on Dec 03, 2000
    Set out from Hoh River entrance, approach hike along Hoh through lush rainforest was incredible. Flat at first then slowly gets steeper until it winds yet steeper to camp just below treeline. Tent...
  • Log #6002 - by Paul Gruwell on July 25, 1999
    First summited with Olympic College (Bremerton, WA) group in July via the Blue Glacier. About 24 in party;weather wonderful, spirits high--a true "peak experience" for this then-20 year...
  • Log #6003 - by Chris Mallory on Apr 26, 1999
    Summitted on the normal route, I think. Basically ad-libbed it because neither of us had been up there before. The weather was grim and we had no rope, but we made it to the top, said a prayer for...
  • Log #6004 - by Joe Reshey on Sep 10, 1998
    2 days of rain going in; beautiful summit day weather; 2 days of rain going out. What fortune!!! One of my favorites in the NW.