Check out the peaceful Jumpoff Canyon

Tom’s experience at Jumpoff Canyon:

Jumpoff Canyon is a short loop hike in Ogden, Utah.

Jump Off Canyon Trail

You start off hiking almost in backyards as you follow the trail, but eventually you hike past them and come out above them with a great view of Ogden.

Jump Off Canyon Hike

There are plenty of signs to help guide you along the trail. I would recommend hiking the loop clockwise and following the north trail.

Hiking Jump Off Canyon

Eventually you will reach a service road that Pine View Water uses to service the open canal along the mountainside. Be careful if water is flowing in the canal, it could be dangerous for little children if they fell in.

Hike Jump Off Canyon

Hike along the canal for a bit and then follow the trail back down to your car. It really isn’t a very spectacular hike but it could make for a fun bike ride.

Jump Off Canyon Ogden

Dogs are allowed but must be on leash.

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Trail Info: The trail is located across the street from the St. James Catholic Church near 450 N. Harrison Blvd. There is only parking for about 8 cars but there is plenty of other parking near the trailhead.


Harrison Trailhead:     41.266626,-111.947409

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Check out the fall salmon run on the Skull Crack Trail

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.

Hiking Causey Reservoir Skull Crack Trail

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.

Salmon Spawn Skull Crack Trail

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.

Causey Trail Skull Crack Trail

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.

Causey Salmon Spawn Skull Crack Trail

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.

Causey Reservoir Skull Crack 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.

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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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