Lower Calf Creek Falls

Escalante, Utah

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This well-developed trail is suitable for the whole family, although the distance may be too long for children, so be prepared to carry them. Calf Creek is a wonderful perennial desert stream, supporting a diverse wildlife population. Keep your eyes open for the beaver ponds along the way. In the mornings and evenings you may spot wild turkeys in the canyon. Other wildlife include cougar and many species of birds. From late June to mid-September, the hike is hot, but the falls gives off a cool mist and breeze year round. In spring and fall, it’s a good idea to have a jacket along, but on a hot day the cool mist will be welcome and the large plunge pool at the base of the falls makes a great place for a picnic or a cool swim.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

This well-developed trail is suitable for the whole family, although the distance may be too long for children, so be prepared to carry them. Calf Creek is a wonderful perennial desert stream, supporting a diverse wildlife population. Keep your eyes open for the beaver ponds along the way.

In the mornings and evenings you may spot wild turkeys in the canyon. Other wildlife include cougar and many species of birds. From late June to mid-September, the hike is hot, but the falls gives off a cool mist and breeze year round. In spring and fall, it’s a good idea to have a jacket along, but on a hot day the cool mist will be welcome and the large plunge pool at the base of the falls makes a great place for a picnic or a cool swim.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 370 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: September to May
Local Contacts: BLM Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Local Maps: USGS Calf Creek; Trails Illustrated Canyons of the Escalante
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Calf Creek Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

7/21/2010
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Tried to do this hike yesterday, but found out the trail is closed until at least mid August. Campground is also closed.


9/16/2008
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The promise of the Falls is a great motivator. To do this trail during Summer into early Fall maybe a little nuts. The Trail is almost completely in the full sun and be forewarned that you'll need at least a quart of water per person. For the most part the trail guides you through some unbelievable scenery and along the river. The trail can be a bit treacherous and slow because of the sandy soil. Round trip is about 6 miles and well worth it at the Falls. The Falls is beautiful and around 120 feet tall. Stay left on the trail and you won't miss the trail.We lost he trail for a bit by going to the right along a crest. We saw where we blew it and got back after walking for a 1/4 mile.


4/13/2008
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Everyone must do this hike once. It's like walking on the beach, easy hike. But can be hot.


7/5/2004
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1/23/2003
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This is a great trail with beautiful scenery and a well developed route. There are stops along the way to explain some of the history of the canyon and what you are seeing. The surface of the trail is loose sdnd and can be a challenge to those not used to a loose surface. Smaller children may have some difficulty. the descriptions describe a path alongside the stream, but this path is up and down over rocks and ridges, so don't expect a stroll by the stream. The falls at the end or turn around point are truly beautiful. This trail - while out of the way is a don't miss while you are in this part of Utah.



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