Hidden Mount Olympus, Washington

Mt Olympus is the tallest and most prominent mountain in the Olympic Mountains but the only great view of it is on Hurricane Ridge or from other mountains.
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Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park

Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park

Mount Olympus is the tallest and most prominent mountain in the Olympic Mountains of western Washington state. Often confused with the mountain of the same name in Utah, it is located on the Olympic Peninsula and is the central feature of Olympic National Park. Mount Olympus reaches 7,956 ft above sea level, ranking it 5th in the state of Washington.

What's odd about this prominent mountain is that you can only see it from Hurricane Ridge and other mountain peaks (or an airplane). The mountain is hidden from view from Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Sequim, and even Port Angeles, with other mountains obstructing the view. It is the third most isolated peak in Washington State. Even though the mountain is often hidden from view, it is a right of passage for mountain climbers with three summits to choose from.

Blue Glacier

Blue Glacier on the North side of Mount Olympus by Aaron Linville [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Blue Glacier on the North side of Mount Olympus by Aaron Linville [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sitting on Mount Olympus is a famous glacier. Blue Glacier gets more precipitation than any other glacier in the Contiguous United States. 180 inches in average. The rain and snow melt feeds the Hoh River below. Unfortunately, even with all that precipitation, Blue Glacier is getting smaller. It has shrunk over 3.4 miles in the last 100 years.

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