Summiting Mount Olympus is a difficult and rewarding endeavor, requiring a 17.5 mile approach and 5,000 feet of elevation gain. This is one of the longest approaches of any climb in Washington State. For this reason previous backpacking experience is required for this trip, but previous mountaineering experience is not. We will do this trip in four days, with one spare day in the event of weather. Journeying through the Hoh Rainforest past ancient old-growth trees, we follow the Hoh River into the heart of the Olympic Range and make camp in Glacier Meadows. From the toe of the Blue Glacier we do a long push to the summit, crossing moraine, glacier, ascending steep snow slopes, and scrambling up rock steps. Never will standing at 7,980 feet feel so rewarding. Take in unobstructed views of the Olympic Range in all directions before descending back to camp.
En route to base camp our professional guides will teach you how to become more efficient as a hiker and backpacker. This will include how to pack and adjust your pack, what gear to take and leave behind, and how to choose work to rest ratios that will allow you to cover a lot of ground without becoming too tired. Once at camp guides will help you perfect camp set-up, review Leave-No-Trace camping techniques, and provide camp cooking instruction as needed.
Although our time is limited due to the length of the approach we will cover basic snow walking techniques with and without crampons before the climb. It is very helpful if trip participants have previous experience using crampons, ice axes, and traveling on steep snow slopes prior to the climb to expedite these lessons. Confidence on fourth-class rock is necessary to reach the summit. Guides can use ropes to add security for this portion of the route, but comfort scrambling on steep rocky terrain will greatly speed the ascent and add a margin of safety.
Route: Hoh River Trail to Lewis Meadows, Glacier meadows, and summit via Crystal Pass route.
Camping sites: Lewis Meadows (1 night), Glacier Meadows (2 nights), Happy Four (1 night)
PassportNot required for Americans
Minimum Age18 years old
- All permits and fees
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Chai/Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
- Stoves/Cook Kits
- Group climbing equipment
- Guide Services
- Pre-trip Planning/Information session on packing and gear
- Backpacking, mountaineering, and general outdoor safety skills
- Transportation (We will help arrange carpools or transportation can be provided for extra fees)
- Gratuities for Guides
Important:Itinerary is subject to group speed, weather, and many other factors that influence the success of summiting Mount Olympus. There is time for a fifth day if needed in order to ensure a safe climb if any climb at all.
What an awesome experience to go on climbing Mt. Rainier with Miyar Adventures. Sandeep and his team of guides ( Kirk, Alexis, Joe, Ben, Chris, Jasmin ) did an awesome job to lead the multiple rope teams trough snow skill preparations and guiding through safely on glacier journey. The amount of efforts put into multi-month preparation, pre-trip meetings, accessibility to gears for rent and attention to details with food/weight/personal gears were all instrumental in almost all of us (in a group of 24) able to summit Mt. Rainier and have wonderful memories. We knew we were in best company and safe hands with prior experience with Miyar Adventures led climb to Mt. Baker and few other preparation trips. And guides calibrated their approach from novice climbers to experienced climbers to push enough to have an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend to go with Miyar Adventures on amazing trips they have lined up around the Puget Sound Area and internationally.
Sandeep is possibly the best person (Miyar and guides) in the business to take you on the mountains. Anyone who has trained with him to summit Rainier over the years can tell you how much he cares about his peeps. Talk to him and he can always find a way to make it happen. I have been trying to climb Rainier for few years with personal constraints (need to be always available, can return anytime, 24*7 sat phone access etc) and many times I had to return mid climb from big ones like Baker and Rainier. It was really easy to talk to the guides about this situation. I never once felt unsafe on the mountains. This is a big deal given how much we learnt when it comes to snow skills and glacier training. Be safe and go with Miyar!
Loved the experience training and climbing for Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker. I highly recommend going via them. The climb was very well managed with experienced guides. Sandeep assisted me and guided me for several months while training.