Alison Mortarotti organized a women's ski/hiking group, OVWSC
In the summer - Meet Thursday mornings at Snowbasin – lower parking
9:00 am – Meet at lower level parking near Maple Grove trail for coffee or water
9:30 am – Hiking at Snowbasin
They are always looking for more members so feel free to join them.
More about Alison on our Community page.
Many of the trails used by hikers are mapped out for you under the "Trails" (click here)
Scroll down to see additional hiking trails.
Scroll down to see additional hiking trails.
View Indian Trail in a larger map
Storm shelter on Indian Tr.
Rating: Moderate to difficult
Bike: not recommended
One trail we didn't map out under "Trails" is the Indian Trail (map to the left). This trail begins in Ogden Canyon at a marked pull-out parking area on the south. Signs read "Indian Trail" and "Cold Water Canyon". The map left has the waterfall marked with a yellow push pin and the turn off is marked by the blue bubble. Indian Trail is considered a moderate climb that is about 4.3 miles one way. This trail gets its name from the Shoshone Indians who used it to avoid high waters coming out of the canyon's mouth. The hike ascends moderately through an evergreen forest. You will also notice various geological formations. The climb continues in and out of Warm Water Canyon to "Nevada Viewpoint" and then descends into Cold Water Canyon. There is another trailhead here at Cold Water Canyon so if you don't think you are up to an out and back you can always arrange your cars for a shuttle.
The map shows the trail marked by a dotted line on the mountain. See blog post 5/13/12
Middle Fork Wildlife Management Area
Middle Fork of the Ogden River
Please note that this are is closed from January 1 to April 15 to protect wildlife wintering grounds.
Middle Fork Canyon is a great place for those who wish to escape the mountain bikers. This terrain is really not suitable for bikers. Believe me. We tried it and I ended up with a $300 bike repair. There is plenty of parking and the scenery is amazing. This map shows you how to get to Middle Fork from Eden but you can see it is easily accessible from Huntsville. This trailhead connects to several trails. Straight east is the Middle Fork Trail. This trail will eventually connect come to a trailhead for three trails. Brown's Hole is to the right, Shupe Canyon is left and Powerline trail to the rear. Both Shupe Canyon and Powerline trails lead back west to Geertsen Trail. For a better view of the trails on the map click on the "Earth" button in the top right hand corner. You can zoom in or out to see all of the trails more clearly. Take your fishing gear and fish the several streams. Just make sure you have your license. Fish and Game officials love to give tickets!
View Eden to Middle Fork Wildlife Management area in a larger map
Distance: 3 miles one way
Wear water/hiking shoes as you cross the river several times and only one crossing has a bridge.
Just head up Highway 39 to Causey Reservoir. Before going over the spillway take the road to your left. This road eventually leads you to the Boy Scout Camp Keisel (north arm of Causey Reservoir). There is parking at the trailhead before you reach Camp Keisel. Park, cross the bridge and take the trail to the left. The rock formations on this trail are amazing. Make sure you take the time to look behind you and see them. The trail has its first fork soon after the first river crossing. Go right. Left will lead you back to Camp Keisel. After quite a few more river crossings the trail forks again. The left fork is the broader Wheatgrass trail and the right is Bear Hollow. Both trails end soon after. See our blog for our experience on this trail.
Skull Crack Trail
Distance: 2.4 one way
To find this trailhead cross over the spillway (right branch of the road), and follow south until the road ends at a gated community and public parking. The trailhead is to the north on the east side of the Reservoir. This trail takes you around the south side of the lake and is quiet as well as beautiful.
See also our Blog for more info.
View Causey Reservoir trailheads in a larger map
Skin Toe Trail
Distance: 1 mile
Same trailhead as the Wheatgrass trail but after crossing the bridge head right. This is just a nice easy stroll above the shore of the reservoir. It ends at the dam's spillway. See our blog for our experience on this trail.
Baldy Ridge Trail
Distance: 7 miles one way (and who only goes one way?)
About 1/2 mile into SkinToe hike there is a trail to the left. It follows what is left of an old road then heads up the ridgeline. There are several switchbacks that make the climb long and hard but the view at the top is amazing. If you would like you can continue on to Kiesel Peak and then along the ridgeline to the gate of Deseret Ranch.
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