Lower Calf Creek Falls Professional Reviews and Guides
"This trip is one of the premier day hikes in the Escalante region—and for good
reasons. The excellent self-guiding nature trail is easily accessible from scenic UT 12."
--Ron Adkison, Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Steve Mann & Rhett Olson, 100 Hikes in Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
Tried to do this hike yesterday, but found out the trail is closed until at least mid August. Campground is also closed.
Easy trail. Boring for the first 1.5 miles. The waterfall is amazing. To me it was paradise. My 6 and 9 year old loved the waterfall and the pool of water. There was also a little sandy beach to play on. I got into the water it was refreshing.
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.
Everyone must do this hike once. It's like walking on the beach, easy hike. But can be hot.
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