Hole 10 (04/04/2002) Hole 10 provides a good view of Mount Olympus from Creekside Park.
Best Buy (01/01/2003) Mt Olympus, in the background, is one of the best buys in the valley. It costs nothing to walk up the mountainside, and you often see Mountain Goats and rattle snakes at the top. This is the new Best Buy on State in Murray.
Olympus Cove (00/00/2004) A snow covered view of the Mount Olympus Cove from Olympus Hills Park.
Mount Olympus (00/00/2004) The view of Mount Olympus from the park offers an intriguing symmetry.
Sons of Utah Pioneers (09/02/2004) The Sons of Utah Pioneer Lodge sits on the shelves overlooking Parley's Hollow (NOTE, these are cultural historians, not geological historians who would have questioned the wisdom of building on fragile dirt slope.
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.