Mount Olympus (12/16/2008) Mount Olympus viewed from the Jordan River Parkway in December.
Rainbow Olympus (08/22/2008) A rainbow highligts the face of Mount Olympus.
Mount Olympus (05/25/2008) Mount Olympus viewed from the mouth of Neffs Canyon.
Water Towers (06/16/2008) Two water towers hover over the Eastwood playing field.
4500 South Bridge (02/11/2008) This is the new 4500 South Bridge framed by Mount Olympus. The next picture is the same scene without the bus. This image is available on Big Stock Photo. Click image for details.
Tailings Pile-Black (03/05/2001) The camera did not capture the blackness of these artificial mounds. There is now a Costco on top of the tailings pile.
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.