Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus Trip Report (#5986)

  • Signed By: jerrett archer
  • Date submitted: July 12, 2003
  • Date(s) climbed: 5 july 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 spruce and douglas fir, deer around every corner, the rabbits running for cover, and the possible sighting of elk and bears every time you turn around. and when you reach the lookout over the valley and gaze on the towering waterfalls emerging from the glaciers, you just forget who you are and what you're doing there, almost like an intruder into another world. the climb to the summit is equally amazing when you rize above the first ridge and catch sight of the glacier's headwall and you finally notice the thin crevasses on the glacier that you must soon circumnavigate. up the tall mountain over the snow dome and around many openings in the ice, you finally make it to the top but Oh, its only the false summit, down and up again and a short rock climb to the top! the highest peak on the Olympic Penninsula, you can imagine the view of Canada to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west, if it wasn't for the layer of clouds that hug the mountains at your feet, looking down all you see is white but everything above is blue! take a sip from the glacial stream on your way down, water never tasted so good.

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