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Skull Crack Trail,
 Causey Reservoir

 

Skull Crack Trail begins at the south, shallow end of Causey reservoir. It ascends gradually as you travel north along the right side of the water. The trail is thin and exposed for about half a mile until you enter thick brush and fir trees. Stay high along the trail and head east as the reservoir below widens and drops away. The trail is overgrown with grass in some areas. The path continues northeast and allows great views of the green water in the reservoir below. Aspens soon appear on the landscape. At mile 1.5, canyon views surround all sides of the hike. The trail is again exposed as it descends south into a lush draw. A switchback near mile 1.8 curves back north before heading east again above a stream that feeds the reservoir. At mile 2.3, the trail reaches Right Fork at the riverís edge. There are several campsites in the area. Explore the river before returning the way you came.

Getting there: From Interstate 15, take the 12th Street exit (exit 344) to Ogden. Go right and follow SR 39 east. Follow it through the canyon and around Pine View Reservoir until you get to Huntsville. In Huntsville, make a right and continue on SR 39. In eight miles, you will see a sign for Causey Road. Follow it east for two miles past Weber County Memorial Park. Go over the dam and head south for about a mile until you reach the parking lot. From I-15, it is 27 miles to the signed trailhead.

 

-- Jason Bergreen/Amy Lewis

Region: Weber County

Destination: Stream, campsites

Distance: 4.6 miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 345 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: N/A

Difficulty: 3
 

 

First published 2009-09-20