October 2014 - 54 photos

Three of us, me, Marlene, and Bill, decided on a hike along Skull Crack Trail up at Causey Reservoir. Being deer hunting season we were a bit nervous about going, so wore bright colors. Didn't see any hunters though, in fact we didn't see anyone on the trail.

We started early in the morning and it was cold. I think it was right about the freezing point. We didn't get into sunlight for awhile, but when we did it was much warmer. By noon it was comfortable, but never hot. It was a great day for a hike.

Interesting name that, 'Skull Crack'... Marlene told me that it came from a mule being hit over the head with a gun barrel. I looked it up online and found this:

The story has it that James Slater and Marinus Johansen were up the Canyon hunting many years ago. One of the mules became unruly so Johansen hit the mule over the head with his gun barrel. He cracked the mule's skull, thus, we have Skull Crack Canyon.

Causey Dam was named after Thomas Causey who operated a saw mill at Causey Creek and the South Fork. The dam construction was started in 1962 and finished in 1966.

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Causey Reservior from Skull Crack trail

Causey Lake fills various canyons in the area, and each arm is long and narrow. East Canyon, the middle one, has such steep sides that it left no place to put a trail, so the trial runs up over the top about 400 feet higher. The trail starts in Skull Crack Canyon, and heads into East Canyon where it runs up high for most of the way, then drops back down to the headwaters where the Right Fork enters the lake.

There is a trail that runs between the right fork and the left fork, but we didn't go there. Instead we went on up the right fork canyon above the lake for a while, until it got too difficult to keep going. Pretty wild and rough country back in there.

Our hike was 5.4 miles round trip, climbing up and down 425 feet a few times.

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The left fork and right fork canyons of Causey Middle Fork

For those that may not know, Causey Reservoir is located up a side canyon along the South Fork of the Ogden River. About 25 miles east of Ogden.

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My photos were taken with a small Canon Powershot, SX280, 12 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilization and a lens going from wide angle to 20x optical zoom. Bill took his photos with a Canon PowerShot S110, which has 5x zoom.

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