The Skyline Trail lies within Ogden Canyon, and is one of the most popular trails for locals and visitors alike. Bisected by Highway 162 into north and south sections, the sections differ somewhat in character. The southern Skyline track begins near Pineview Reservoir and makes a long, steady climb from the Eden/Pineview Trailhead to the top of the ridge, or you can choose a trail that travels below the ridge for easier hiking.
The best views, of course, are on the higher trail with Lewis Peak prominently displayed and a furtastic view of the reservoir from above. There are flat areas about 4 miles from the trailhead that are pawrfect for primitive camping. The trail features sightings of birds, deer, moose and small mammals, as well as scenic looks into the canyon below. Although the trail is well-marked, beware of roots and rocks scattered throughout.
Skyline North is more arduous as it ascends even further along the mountain ridge via a series of steep switchbacks until you reach another ridge, where the climb becomes easier and the elevation increases. This section of the Skyline will provide views of many ancient geologic formations and fault lines, as well as wildflowers, old mines and a natural spring. The switchback part of the trail is treeless, and hikers should bring plenty of water for themselves and their doggos.
As you continue north, you'll be able to see Willard Bay to your northwest, and if you choose to continue on to the Ben Lomond Peak, an extra couple of miles of climbing, you'll be rewarded with a superb vista an a clear day that includes the Great Salt Lake. There are often snow and ice fields to cross on the climb to Ben Lomond, even in June. Camping spots appear here and there near the trail, and it's wise to make camp rather than hike at night because of the populations of mountain lion and bears nearby. At the higher levels, you're likely to see mountain goats perched on rocky outcroppings, and it's important to keep Fido firmly leashed to prevent compulsive leaps that could end in disaster.
Not for the faint of heart, but still immensely popular with hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders, you and your fur-pup will have an adventure on Skyline that you will remember for a lifetime!
There are rattlesnakes along this trail. Wear boots and keep your eyes on the trail a few feet ahead of you for a snake basking in the sun. Don't venture off the trail without looking down to see if there are snakes. This is a multi-use trail, so be sure to stay aware of people on motorbikes, horses or mountain bikes, and keep to the right.