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. In addition, a pleasant campground located at the trailhead, a spectacular cliff-bound canyon, a perennial stream featuring beaver ponds and abundant trout, and a memorable veil of whitewater—one of very few active waterfalls in the southern Utah desert, plunging into a cold, deep pool—combine to make this trip a must for any hiker visiting the region.
From the day-use parking area adjacent to the picnic site, follow the paved road north through the campground for 0.2 mile, following signs pointing to the trail. Just before the road dips down to ford Calf Creek, the prominently signed trail heads left up the west slopes of the canyon."
--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).
"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. In addition, a pleasant campground located at the trailhead, a spectacular cliff-bound"
--Ron Adkison, Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region (Falcon Guides).
"The tallest waterfall in southern Utah at 126 feet, and easily accessible from State Route 12, Lower Calf Creek Falls gets a good amount of traffic. Regardless, Lower Calf Creek is highly recommended due to the beauty of both the trail and the falls.As well as viewable ancient ruins and rock art along the way (binoculars are useful, as they are well off the trail). Trail brochures are available here, and you should pick one up, as its details will add depth to your enjoyment of the hike."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"Calf Creek Falls is one of the busiest trails in the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. Following the creek the entire way to the falls, it is one of the few dog-accessible cool spots with year-round water in Grand Staircase–Escalante. The lush riparian habitat provides an oasis in the vast desert. This five-star hike is the best easy day hike within miles and miles."
--Dayna Stern, Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
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