Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Huntsville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a fun, quick hike that would be great for families, because there aren't any rocky/bouldered areas to negotiate, and the inline is really gradual. Certain areas were shaded, but others were fairly exposed to the sun and somewhat overgrown -- which worried me a little bit, because there are some prime rattlesnake spots, so do be cautious. It took us about an hour and forty minutes round trip, but we took it at a fairly quick pace, so I'd allot 2-2.5 hours for a more leisurely pace.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail and some awesome views. I would say the hike is right on with moderate and the creek at the end is ice cold so nice to put your feet in before you head back.

hiking
9 days ago

This was a moderate hike with good shade. There are mountain bikers but we weren’t bothered by them. We took the dog who enjoyed the little steam and pond at the bottom. Great views at the top.

Good hike for kids. Amazing views at the overlook.

Awesome hike. It's a pretty narrow dirt trail the whole way, surrounded by green (in the summer at least). You're up a slight steady incline, then it flattens out, then down back to the reservoir. Same going back. There's a section in the middle that opens up into a desert wildflower field. Overall, great hike!

backpacking
16 days ago

I spent the night here and had a good time. The river is beautiful and it would be cool to record with a drone. Lots of kayaks here. The parking is horrible on the weekend. The cops had a checkpoint at the entrance and were searching cars.

24 days ago

Overall, a nice trail that’s not strenuous. The view at the end is a good payoff for your time. I’d suggest this as a good family hike, since little ones will probably be okay. The only drawback is that this trail seems to be very popular with mountain bikers and there can be a lot of traffic at times. There are sometimes a few that go too fast for the safety of hikers on this trail.

backpacking
25 days ago

The trail is marked at the beginning but not anywhere else. It’s not that big of a deal there only 2 split offs (just stay to the right). It does get narrow at times but not bad and has good clearance above. There are about 10 camp areas and they are all within ear shot of the creak and makes for a great night sleep. We went on a Wednesday for an overnight trip and we were the only ones there. Which was even better. The lake was up to the camping area which makes it nice to bring your kayak in. I took my 7/10 year old girls on their first backpacking/camping trip here. They both had gear and had no problem with the trail. it took us about 2 hours to make it back with stops along the way to take pictures. On the way back it only took 1:20.

Easy hike. Lots of horses on the trail so be aware. :)

on Skull Crack Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. I started early and had limited traffic but coming back ran into several groups. The reservoir is kayak central. About 30 kayaks when I left and hundreds when I came back. If you go later in the morning or day parking will be a challenge.

Nice little hike with some wonderful views, well shaded for large parts of it

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery. Only saw a few people on the trail. Get to the trailhead early because the parking lot fills up with those looking to canoe.

Beautiful views, mostly shaded trail which I loved, great hike, will be doing it again!

fishing
1 month ago

Easy beautiful hike around the reservoir. Timed it the trip right after a rain strom and my dog and I were the only ones around. It was fantastic.

trail running
1 month ago

Spectacular views and a well maintained trail. The mnt bikers need to learn some trail.etiquette. Other than that I would love to go back a do some more exploring.

on Skull Crack Trail

1 month ago

I went yesterday (5/29/18) with my friend, her 3 kids (6,11,13) and our two dogs. Everyone had a great time. There was hardly anyone there. The scenery was absolutely stunning. This is now one of my favorite places to go.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great little trail if your looking for a getaway. We heard there were a few campsites at the Causey inlet,. There were so we stayed the night. Beautiful scenery, good up and down on the trail, but not too long if you want to take some younglings with with you. I wish I had brought a fishing rod. I have never seen so many fish jumping just before sunset.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail, beautiful views and flowers right now

horseback riding
2 months ago

Great view of salmon run

Trail was pretty snow packed - I had coils on but you probably could have made it without. View at the top was unbeatable. Took me about 3 hours round trip!

Great easy hike that’s good for anyone of all ages. Out and back in about 3 hours and it was a leisurely pace. Spikes were helpful today in some parts but given the weather you could have made it without.

camping
5 months ago

Great spot for a weekend camping trip. The echoes of the water and wildlife really is calming. Def a great hike

hiking
7 months ago

pretty sure pup and I went off trek, but it was beautiful non the less.

Wonderful hike! Gradual incline, lovely views at the top. One of my favorite hikes!

A top fave of mine! If you do this go all the way to the top, you won't be disappointed- the views are spectacular!

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is 2.5 miles one way, 5 miles round trip, and overlooks the Causey Reservoir (near Huntsville, Utah) most of the way.

This trail is deceiving as far as difficulty level. When we started it, it seemed flat, especially the first half to 3/4 mile. Then it goes a little up and down and around a lot of bends in the reservoir. Along the way, we met other hikers who said they did not finish the trail. They turned around about .5 mile from the end because the trail appeared to go down a steep gradient. Our context of steep gradients is from Alta or other ski resort trails that pretty much go up at a 50% angle. We did make it to the end, the gradient on the way down was not as steep as we thought, and there were switch backs. Probably the steepest part was right at the end, descending from the end of the trail to the river's edge to see the salmon run. The way back seemed to pose a challenge too.... the way back made us realize the elevation gain was very gradual and more than we had expected or felt going into the trail. Though the trail appears flat along the way, there are a lot of rocky patches that can catch you off guard. Also we saw lots of horseshoe prints, but no horses! Overall it was a fun and challenging trail. Even more so this time of year when you get to see the salmon run! What a cool experience!

As a side note, though the parking lot to the trail was crowded with cars and 3-4 horse trailers, not many people were actually on the trail. We saw lots of horseshoe prints, but no horses on the trail. Maybe all those people and horses were visiting ranch across from the trailhead?

most excellent trail. on the easy side of moderate, we'll established with enough space for hiking and bicycles. couldn't find anything bad to say at all. come on out and have fun.

hiking
9 months ago

This is one of those hikes where you will enjoy the journey more than the destination. Brown's Hole is just a muddy hole of brown gross water. However, there is so much to see on this trail. I suspect it would be brutally hot in the summer but the end of September was a perfect time to hike it. It follows the power lines the entire way and has two river crossings which were manageable. I saw moose, deer, beautiful fall leaves, and grouse and the views of the rock cliffs above and the river down below is wonderful. There are a few places to camp along trail and there are lots of Elder Berries along the trail that are now ripe.

hiking
9 months ago

It took us 3 hours and 15 minutes to hike with our 3 kids. We carried two of them but the 5 year old did great walking on her own. Great views and totally worth hiking in the fall to see the salmon run and the pretty fall colors. We will make this a yearly tradition I think.

This trail kicked my arse. First hike since my knee surgery. Loved and enjoyed every minute of it!!!

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