Climbing Mount Olympus

Climber's on Blue Glacier

Climbers on Mt. Olympus

NPS Ian Stacy

Trail Conditions
Special Concerns
Wilderness Map

Climber's Map


General Location: 20 miles southwest of Forks, WA.



  • Permits are limited for Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows. Also, Groups of more than 6 are required to camp in designated "Group Camps". Stock parties are required to camp in designated "Stock Sites". Reservations are recommended for these sites.
  • Contact the WIC for information about trailhead shuttles. (360) 565-3100


Ecosystem type: Glacier, Alpine
Trail tread types: none
General elevation trend: flat to steep
Level of difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Distance: 4-6 miles from Glacier Meadows to Summit.
Elevation change: 4,400 ft. to 7,980 ft.
Best Season: Late June through mid-August



Permits/Reservations: Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight trips. Obtain permits in person at the WIC in Port Angeles or at the Hoh Visitor Center. Reservations should be made for parties of 7-12 persons and for groups with stock animals. Reservations can also be made for Elk Lake, Glacier Meadows, Hoh Lake and the 7 Lakes Basin Area. All other sites are first come, first served.
Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required for camping beyond Glacier Meadows on Mt. Olympus. Community bear wires are available at Tom Creek, Happy Four, 5-mile Island, Olympus Guard Station, Lewis Meadow, Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows.
Location and sites: Camp areas are located at Caltech Rocks and Snow Dome. No camping between Glacier Meadows and the Blue Glacier. See also Hoh River Trail for lower camps.
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets at 5-mile Island, Olympus Guard Station, Lewis Meadow, Elk Lake, Glacier Meadows. Blue bags required on Mt. Olympus; use the blue bag receptacle on the lateral moraine to deposit used blue bags. Blue bags are available at the Hoh Visitor Center and the
Glacier Meadows Ranger Station (summer only).
Water Source: Glacier or snow melt


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations.
Campfires: No campfires above Martin Creek to protect sensitive vegetation. Please use dead and down wood and leave no trace of your fire when you leave.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored in bear canisters if you are camping above Glacier Meadows.



In early season several steep snow slopes exist along this trail. An ice axe and crampons may be required for much of the spring and early summer. It may also be difficult to follow sections of trail due to snow. Map and compass skills may also be required during winter, spring and early summer.

During Winter months, travel above Elk Lake is not recommended due to steep avalanche chutes. Ropes and anchors may be necessary to cross these safety.

Climbing Mt. Olympus should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers who have glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills and gear.

Upper Blue Glacier Backside of False Summit

Climbers on Mt. Olympus (backside of false summit)

NPS Eric Dorner

Rappel from Summit Block of West Peak

Rappel from Summit Block of West Peak

NPS Eric Dorner

The Summit Block from Backside of False Summit of Mt. Olympus

Successful Climbers descending from the Summit of Mt. Olympus

NPS Eric Dorner

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