Limestone Spires (01/02/2010) The snow brings out this collection of limestone spires on the foothill of Mount Olympus.
Layers of Rock (01/02/2010) Standing in Neff Canyon and looking at the layers of rock that build up the face of Mount Olympus.
Tilted Mountain (01/02/2010) This picture shows the base of the limestone layers that eroded away to expose the face of Mount Olympus.
Marathon Distance (04/17/2010) The Marathon runners race toward Mount Olympus. The turn around point of the race is due West of the peak in Holladay Utah. Essentially, they run to that mountain and back.
The Old Mill (06/06/2010) The Old Mill is an abandonned paper mill on Big Cottonwood Road. The white road barrier is for Wasatch Boulevard. Tolcat Canyon up Mount Olympus is in the background.
Mount Olympus is the most prominent peak of the Wasatch when viewed from downtown Salt Lake. The front of the mountain appears as a solid veritical cliff from certain angles. When you view the mountain from 6000 South, you see that the strata of Mount Olympus is at about a 45 degree angle. You can scramble up the face of Mount Olympus. The route is not technically difficult, but is quite exposed. If you tumble, there is nothing to catch you.
The preferred route up Mount Olympus starts at 5800 South on Wasatch Boulevard. This route is 3.5 miles climbs 4800 feet to Mountain Olympus summit at 9026 feet. (The southern peak is higher than the northern peak. You might want to take the boulder scramble from the southern to the northern peak for a full view of the valley.
The hike is on the East side of the Wasatch front and exposed to the afternoon sun. Bring plenty of water. The hike is best in the Spring and fall.
Mount Olympus is the namesake of Mount Olympus Water. As I understand, the primary spring is in North Canyon. The geology of Mount Olympus has a deep layer of limestone sitting on quartzite The water filters through the limestone and is held by the quartzite through making for a truly ideal water source.