Mount Olympus, Olympic National Park

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Mount Olympus, at 7,980 feet, is the tallest and most prominent mountain in the Olympic Mountains of western Washington state. Located on the Olympic Peninsula, it is the central feature of Olympic National Park. Mount Olympus is the highest summit of the Olympic Mountains; however, peaks such as Mount Constance, on the eastern margin of the range, are more visible from the Seattle metropolitan area. With notable local relief, Mount Olympus ascends over 2100m from the 293m elevation confluence of the Hoh River with Glacier Creek in only 8.8km. Mount Olympus has 2386m of prominence, ranking 5th in the state of Washington. Due to heavy winter snowfalls, Mount Olympus supports large glaciers, despite its modest elevation and relatively low latitude. These glaciers include Blue, Hoh, Humes, Jeffers, Hubert, Black Glacier, and White, the longest of which is the Hoh Glacier at 4.93km. The largest is Blue with a volume of 0.57km3 and area of 5.31km2.The local Native American name for the peak is Sunh-a-do, and upon sighting in 1774 by the Spanish explorer Juan Pérez, the mountain was named Cerro Nevado de Santa Rosalía ("Snowy Peak of Saint Rosalia"). This is said to be the first time a European named a geographic feature in what is now Washington state. In 1788, on July 4, the British explorer John Meares gave the mountain its present name.
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  • We were lucky and could see Mount Olympus in fairly clear weather from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Impressive
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  • I've seen a lot of mountain peaks in the Tetons, Sawtooths, Unitas etc. This mountain view is amazing and easily seen from hurricane ridge  more »
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  • It's a real shame that this mountains reputation is being tarnished by 14-year-olds with a Google Maps account. Absolutely gorgeous snow capped mountain.
  • We were there several years ago, actually. It was cloudy and rainy, but we chose to go to the top anyway. About 2/3 of the way up, we were above the clouds to see the bluest, clearest sky ever. Fantastic experience of God's beauty.

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