What: Mt. Olympus (7,969') via Blue Glacier, M2
“Mount Olympus is the highest point of the Olympic Mountains, and as such could be considered the crown jewel of that range. The peak has major significance to mountaineers, both locally and nationally. The mountain is attempted by many summit parties each year, yet the average success rate is considered low largely due to the peak being located in the most precipitous region of Washington, having a long approach, and having a variety of difficult terrain to traverse. Despite these aspects, or perhaps because of them, those who successfully summit Mount Olympus know it is a major accomplishment to be proud of.”
- from Summit Post
Day One: The route begins at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center (about 300 miles and 6 hours from Salem 620ft) and travels along the Hoh River for 9 miles where we’ll camp at the Olympic Guard Station. The elevation gain is minimal with only 330ft gain.
Day Two: The next day we hike to Glacier Meadows. The last 4.5 miles will have about 3,000ft gain. Our second night will be at Glacier Meadows Camp at 4,400ft elevation.
Day Three: Summit Day! We’ll make our way to the Blue Glacier, rope up and make our way across to the rocky ascent to Snow Dome. We’ll again rope up at the base of the Snow Dome and head through Crystal Pass and around the Five Fingers. At the summit block I’ll lead the 5th class pitch to the top and set a fixed line for everyone to follow. Elevation: 7,969ft
We’ll then rappel off the block back to the snow and trace our path back to camp.
Day Four: We pack it up and head back to the trail head. (17.5 miles)