Upper Calf Creek Trail

Escalante, Utah

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This trail is usually taken by people who have already hiked to Lower Calf Creek Falls and want to see more of this delightful canyon. The highlight of the trail is Upper Calf Creek Falls, which is only 0.9 mile from the trailhead, and that is as far as most people go before turning around. If you have time, however, I urge you to walk downstream at least part of the way from the upper falls toward the lower falls before returning to your car. Unlike the trail through the lower half of Calf Creek Canyon there are no Indian granaries or pictographs to see along the way, but the thrill of walking through the lush, seldom-seen upper canyon will provide ample reward.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

This trail is usually taken by people who have already hiked to Lower Calf Creek Falls and want to see more of this delightful canyon. The highlight of the trail is Upper Calf Creek Falls, which is only 0.9 mile from the trailhead, and that is as far as most people go before turning around.

If you have time, however, I urge you to walk downstream at least part of the way from the upper falls toward the lower falls before returning to your car. Unlike the trail through the lower half of Calf Creek Canyon there are no Indian granaries or pictographs to see along the way, but the thrill of walking through the lush, seldom-seen upper canyon will provide ample reward.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 880 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 6,520 feet
Top Elevation: 5,920 feet
Local Contacts: Utah Trails, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
Local Maps: Calf Creek (USGS), Canyons of the Escalante (Trails Illustrated, #710)
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Calf Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/20/2010
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We did this hike yesterday as lower calf creek was closed. Great hike! The views from the top of the falls are incredible and the pool at the bottom was beautiful, although very cold, even for July. It was definitely not reedy or grassy. A couple of updates from the guide: the trail head is exactly 5.8 miles from lower calf creek turnin, not 6.0 as described. No place to turn around on this road if you miss it. We decided not to continue down the stream as it was heavily overgrown and cold. Wouldn't try this without a machete.



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