Tom’s Experience hiking the Skull Crack Trail to the Salmon Run:
The Skull Crack Trail follows Causey Reservoir back into the canyon. The trail begins at the south end of the Reservoir at the main parking area. There is a restroom as well as a sign. There is no fee to hike or park here but parking is very limited. Total roundtrip distance is about 4.8 miles.
From the parking lot the dirt Skull Crack Trail follows the reservoir and climbs uphill until about half way and then descends back down to the river that fills the reservoir.
If you go during September you are able to see the salmon run in the river as hundreds of bright orange or pink salmon have come here to spawn. There are trails that you can follow up river to see more fish as well as a few primitive campsites.
The trail up the river can get very overgrown and if you’re willing to get wet, it is easiest to walk right up the river. There are a few trees along the trail providing shade but not much of it.
Also there is no access to the water from along the trail but you can get to the reservoir at the start and end of the trail.
If you would prefer you can canoe, kayak, or paddle through the reservoir and still head back to see the salmon. Dogs are allowed on this trail.
Trail Info: From Ogden, Utah, take 12th street east and follow it up the canyon and around Pine View Reservoir. When you get to Huntsville, turn right and continue to head east up the canyon. In 8 miles you will come to a sign for Causey Road. Turn right here and follow the road to the dam. Turn right to cross the dam and follow that road til it ends at the parking lot for the Skull Crack Trail.
Skull Crack Trailhead: 41.28981,-111.582765
Skull Crack End: 41.288699,-111.564918
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