Friday, October 6, 2017

Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir

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Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The Skull Crack Trail at the Causey Reservoir, is located 45 minutes East of Ogden, Utah. This 142 acre reservoir sits at an elevation of 5,700 feet and is surrounded by steep, forested, valley terrain, which extends into three small canyons. Most of the reservoir is best explored by kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, however, hiking along the Skull Crack Trail also provides jaw-dropping scenery. The Causey Reservoir was built during 1962-1966 as a way to provide water to the Northern Wasatch front.

The Skull Crack Trail is only 4 miles RT, and leads to the end of the Right Fork South Fork of the Ogden River. In Fall, this is one of the best spots to see the Kokane Salmon Hatch run, where the fish swim, spawn, and succomb. The Kokane typically peak mid-September each year. As for the Skull Crack Trail, it's a very gentle trail offering amazing Fall colors and great views of the reservoir. It's perfect for dogs off leash, and kids since it's never very steep. 

Use this map if driving from SLC. There is one restroom at the TH.


Distance: 4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 400 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permtis? None

Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The Skull Crack trailhead parking area. It's located at the southern end of the reservoir, where the road ends.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The sign says 2.3 miles one way, but I only tracked 2 miles.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The water level looked really low.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
Towards the beginning of the trail you will hike up on small hill.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
Sections of the trail are somewhat shaded but it's mostly exposed. This is another reason why Fall is a great time to hike here - cooler temperatures!

Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
You'll get up much higher above the reservoir as you continue to hike. You should have some pretty amazing views of the lake.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
Charlie poses as we look into the more NE canyon, the Left Fork South Fork of the Ogden River. This is also the high point during your hike. Past this you will hike downhill until you reach the stream.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The famous Salmon run! I was so amazed by this - I had never even heard that this was a thing until my friend brought it up. She suggested hiking here so we could check it out - I was pleasantly surprised! So cool to see.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The best spots to see the Salmon Run. Read more about the salmon hatch.
Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir trail map
Skull Crack Trail map



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6 comments:

  1. Amazing. I like your friend. She sounds smart... and pretty. 😂😂😂

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    1. Ha! She sure is! Got some cute pups too.

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  2. Only 400 ft of elevation gain!? Love this!!! How cool to see all the salmon! Charlie is getting so good at the turn and pose thing:)

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    1. Yes we took it easy for this hike lol! -Alicia

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  3. Cool! It looks like from the pics, there aren't a lot of fall colors yet. When does it peak?

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    1. We are actually in the peak right now. The sky was overcast all day so the colors didn't show up too well on camera, but in person it was beautiful. -Alicia

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