Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

Four-day summer summit of Mount Olympus via the Blue Glacier.

  • Fri, Jul 14, 2023 — Mon, Jul 17, 2023
  • Foothills Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Glacier Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 41.25 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 9,150 ft

Hoh Ranger Station at time per trip plan (morning).

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  • The climb is full with a full official waitlist (which limited to 5) and a substantial unofficial waitlist. At this point I'm ignoring new email permission requests. Feel free to ask me in person (but know that the odds are low).
  • You must have the requisite fitness to complete the expected itinerary:
    • Day 1: Hike to Lewis Meadows (10.8 mi, 840ft gain)
    • Day 2: Hike to Glacier Meadows (6.25 mi, 3,600ft gain)
    • Day 3: Summit and down to Elk Lake (9.5 mi, 4,000ft gain and 5,600ft loss)
    • Day 4: Hike out (14.7 mi, 2,750ft loss).
  • You will need to reimburse 1/6th the cost of the climbing permit.  It is expected to be approximately $33/person.

Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S

    Custom Correct Mount Olympus Climber's Map

    USGS Mt Olympus
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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