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.
- Wasatch Boulevard (80 pictures) The trail head is on 5800 South Wasatch Boulevard.
- The Wasatch Mountains (131 pictures) Although it is not the tallest (9026 feet), it is one of the more notable peaks in the Wasatch.
- Olympus Hills Park (62 pictures) Olympus Hills Park is a county park to the west of I215.
- Neff's Canyon (264 pictures) Neff Canyon is just north of Mount Olympus
- Desolation Trail (71 pictures) The Desolation Trail accesses Mount Olympus from Mill Creek Canyon.
- Mill B North Fork Trail (33 pictures) The Mill B Trail accesses the Mount Olympus wilderness area from Big Cottonwood Canyon.
- Olympus Cove (75 pictures) Pictures of the Mount Olympus Cove.