Playground (04/04/2002) This picture of the Playground has Mount Olympus in the background.
Mount Olympus and Twin Peaks (01/30/2001) This picture from Liberty Park captures the tops of Mount Olympus and Twin Peaks in the distance. A fog bank in Big Cottonwood canyon provides the depth. I am about 10 miles from Olympus and 30 from Twin Peaks. Should have gone megapixels on this one.
Old Car (08/27/2001) Very few vintage 70 model vehicles made it into the 21st century. This car was parked infront of a good view of the mountain...so I snapped the photo anyway.
Mount Olympus (06/10/2003) We will just move the mountain to the left a few feet.
Churchill Junior High (00/00/2004) Churchill Junion Highschool is on Wasatch Boulevard at about 4100 south. This is a picture from the base of the overpass.
Climbing Rock (08/31/2004) A popular climbing rock on the side of Mount Olympus off Wasatch Boulvard.
Mount Olympus Trail (08/31/2004) The new Mount Olympus trail starts at the climbing rock. The trail has quite a bit of vertical relief at the beginning.
Climbing Rock (08/31/2004) The Mount Olympus Climbing Rock with Salt Lake City in the distance.
Mount Olympus Trail (08/31/2004) The new path for the Mount Olympus trail begins with a bit of scrambling. It ends with scrambling as well.
Twin Peak (08/31/2004) Viewing Twin Peak from the Mount Olympus Trail.
Lone Juniper (08/31/2004) A long juniper on the Mount Olympus trail with Salt Lake City in the distance.
I215 (08/31/2004) A view of I215 at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Big Cottonwood Canyon (08/31/2004) Big Cottonwood Canyon is in the center of the picture, Little Cottonwood Canyon is the far canyon.
Office Park (08/31/2004) This office park at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon houses Overstock.com, Northface University and other high tech facilities. Click on picture for current overstock coupons.
Mount Olympus (08/31/2004) Coco did not appreciate walking in the heat of the day. The sign at the base was confusing...I was not sure if dogs were allowed in the wilderness area; so we turned around after this shot. I just wanted a shot of Coco in the wild.
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.