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Mount Olympus Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Mount Olympus Wilderness
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Utah Wilderness Association

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Mount Olympus Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 15,300 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Utah and is managed by the Forest Service.

Description

Mount Olympus is one of three wilderness areas that form a spectacular backdrop for the Salt Lake Valley Located southeast of Salt Lake City, Mount Olympus Wilderness consists of narrow canyons and rugged terrain varying from moderate to severe. Elevations range approximately from 5,000 feet to 10,000 feet. High peaks include Mount Raymond, Gobbler's Knob, and Mount Olympus itself, topping off at 9,793 feet. The higher country is characterized by large, alpine cirque basins and bare rocky ridges. The higher elevations can often have snow until the midsummer.

Patches of various firs and aspen grow in stands, mainly on north-facing slopes. Lower elevations are covered in dense mountain brush mixed with sagebrush and grass.

State Route 190 follows the scenic canyon of Big Cottonwood Creek along the southern boundary, and the canyon separates this wilderness from Twin Peaks Wilderness to the south. Mill Creek Canyon and its county road form the northern boundary. From both of these roads, you can enter the wilderness from several trailheads. The trails are often easy to follow, but several are rigorous and difficult. Crowds from the Salt Lake City area flood into here, especially on weekends. Mount Olympus Wilderness area has about 20 system trails totaling approximately 42 miles. The Big Cottonwood side of the wilderness is within the Salt Lake City Watershed and has restrictions on dogs, horses and swimming.

Planning to Visit the Mount Olympus Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Mount Olympus Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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