Upper Calf Creek Falls

Escalante, Utah

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Most of the trail is slickrock, steep in places, but not difficult. Cairns mark the way, especially across the slickrock, where no trail is visible. From the ridge at the trailhead, you can see the rock-lined path descending down the slickrock slope to a sandy flat below. There are several hiker trails along the sandy bench; try to stay on the cairned route to prevent further erosion caused by multiple trails. As you near the falls, the trail splits. The lower left trail goes to the bottom of the falls, the upper to the top. You’ll probably want to try both paths.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Most of the trail is slickrock, steep in places, but not difficult. Cairns mark the way, especially across the slickrock, where no trail is visible. From the ridge at the trailhead, you can see the rock-lined path descending down the slickrock slope to a sandy flat below.

There are several hiker trails along the sandy bench; try to stay on the cairned route to prevent further erosion caused by multiple trails. As you near the falls, the trail splits. The lower left trail goes to the bottom of the falls, the upper to the top. You’ll probably want to try both paths.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 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 Upper Calf Creek Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

4/11/2010
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Although the upper falls are not as spectacular as the lower falls, I think the hike was more enjoyable. The trail starts with a steep descent down slickrock, which means you have a tough climb up out of the canyon at the end of your hike. The rest of the trail is mostly downhill, but much less steep. The slickrock portions of the trail are well marked with cairns, and the rest is well worn and easy to follow. Toward the end of the trail, the trail forks. Go right to the top of the falls, where there are a couple pools, which have a couple deep holes. Go left to a viewpoint of the falls, then down to the bottom of the canyon. It's not a long hike, but again, it is quite a climb to get back to the trailhead. It was tough, but my four-year-old daughter made it easily. One warning: If you have the book "Best Easy Day Hikes" by Ron Adkinson, the directions to the trailhead are incorrect. It is between mile markers 80 and 81, not 81 and 82 as he says.



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