Tiffany R. on Skull Crack Trail
VERY GOOD HIKING TRAIL. Would NEVER again bring horses on it again though. The trail is a little narrow with a very steep drop off many feet down, into the lake below. I had a friend who's horse fell off the trail, into the water and drown. Very terrible and I would not want that to happen to anyone.
Horse Friends - Do not attempt to take trailer up without scouting in car first to know what trailer parking is like. There is no trailer parking. Just parking on roadway. On a typical Saturday that entire roadway is packed with parked cars so road is one lane only. Turn around is tight and requires backing. Family's with kids, dogs, bikes, canoes, tents, etc at trailhead.
Moderate to hard trail with some hill climb, all single track, 30% of trail is rocky.
That said, the views are magnificent and a great place to take a swim with the horses after the ride!
Nice, easy trail with beautiful scenery. Great for anyone. If you take kids on this trail just watch them as the trail is high above Causey Reservoir and it is a long way down on the North side of the trail. There are a couple of campsites at the end of the trail where the stream flows into the reservoir. I know some people backpack in or kayak to this point for camping.
Skull Crack gives you beautiful views of Causey, especially the further in you go. My favorite time to hike here is during a light rain or winter when the lake is frozen and the trail is covered in snow. It's so beautiful. The only thing I don't like about it is that it's in and out.
I've also canoed and paddle boarded on the reservoir. Lots of fun!
Katie H. on Skull Crack Trail
Hiked this trail twice with my 10 and 6 year olds. The first time was just a normal hike, the second time we backpacked in to camp over night. The first 2/3 of the trail is slightly up hill but not steep the last section is down hill but also not bad. There are 2 camping spots when you get to the end of the trail that are both pretty nice and if you cross the stream there are more but its mainly on rocks or uneven ground. We had a moose come through out camp site that scared us but it just went to the water to eat, we stayed far away from it cause I know they can be dangerous. At night the mice cone out so keep you food in a safe spot, we hung our stuff in a tree so bears and other things could not get to it. There are bathrooms at the beginning of the trail head so that was nice to have when you get back rpto your vehicle. Overall great trip.
One of my all time favorite places to hike in my local hiking area. This area has more then just hiking as I will also bring my Kayak and follow the shoreline to the tributaries of this reservoir. This trail has lake views most of the hike and takes you from the shorelines to high above the lake. The trail is no to hard to hike and offers a nice work path that is easy to follow. If you hike to the end of this trail in the fall you will get to see the kokanee salmon make there way to spawning grounds. This is an amazing sight and worth the trip to see.