Blue Glacier to Crystal Pass
Some weirdo on the Blue Glacier
Chemeketan Rating M1/M2 based primarily on the number of days out.
Here's the Summit Post Route Description
Mt Olympus Weather
The date for this trip has not been set. The most likely date will be July 25-29 so we can accompany Wild Bill Saur's team on the first half of their journey.
Overview When Steve Dougherty took me on this trip in 2006, I had no idea that I was about to embark on one of the nicest climbs I'd ever do. I've done more challenging climbs and climbs that were "fun" in that weird painful sort of way but I don't think I've enjoyed a trip more.
Though Olympus isn't an especially tall mountain, it is heavily glaciated. It is so close to the coast that it receives a ton of precipitation. We'll enter through the Hoh Rain Forest.
Description On Day 1, we'll begin hiking the incredibly scenic Hoh River Trail (600'). After about nine miles of easy hiking, we'll set up camp at the Olympic Guard Ranger Station (950'). The morning of day 2, we'll move camp another 9 miles up to Glacier Meadows (4200'). On day 2, we'll gain most of the elevation in the last 2 miles. There's a really cool footbridge that crosses a deep ravine (The High Hoh Bridge). We'll want to rest here and take in the awesome view. We might even take a swim in Elk Lake (2500').
We'll likely set a fixed line or two on the way to the summit. We'll enjoy the views and some rest and wonder how it can get any better. We'll descend the climbing route and by the time we get to camp, our feet will be wondering how it can get any worse; then we'll show them.