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 paddle board, 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.
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, ON leash
Kid friendly? Yes
This is now an ON-leash Hike. When I went in 2016, this was still off-leash which is why my photos show the dogs off leash.
The Skull Crack trailhead parking area. It’s located at the southern end of the reservoir, where the road ends.
The sign says 2.3 miles one way, but I only tracked 2 miles.
The water level looked really low.
Towards the beginning of the trail you will hike up on small hill.
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!
You’ll get up much higher above the reservoir as you continue to hike. You should have some pretty amazing views of the lake.
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.
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.
The best spots to see the Salmon Run. Read more about the salmon hatch.
Skull Crack Trail map
Icebox Canyon via Wheeler Creek
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