Ascent of Mount Olympus on 2004-06-18

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 18, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Olympus
    Elevation:550 ft / 167 m

Ascent Trip Report

A virtual drive-up to the cul-de-sac of Upper Terrace from Buena Vista Ave. Mt. Olympus was once considered the geographical center of San Francisco. In 1887 Adolph Sutro, the prominent S.F. philanthropist, underwrote the placement of a statue, “Triumph of Light,” by the sculptor Antoine Wertz on land Sutro owned. For many years Mt. Olympus provided great views of the city from its unobstructed heights. Sometime after 1955 the statue had so deteriorated that it had to be removed, leaving only the formidable pedastal. The expansive views are long since gone, erased by today’s surrounding banal condos and overgrown vegetation. A few steps lead from the Upper Terrace circle up to the stone pedastal sans statue to complete the ascent of Mt. Olympus.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Upper Terrace  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Fair, sunny

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