In early season, several steep snow slopes exist along the Hoh River Trail between Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows. 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 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 safely.
Climbing Mount Olympus should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers who have glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills and gear.
Last updated: November 12, 2023