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Upper Calf Creek Falls

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A short, steep, slickrock trail to a beautiful waterfall
Near:Escalante, UT
Distance:2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:600 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a short hike over slickrock with cairns to show the way. Farther along the trail shows better when the rock gives way to soil. The views right from the trail register are stunning and varied with much variety of geological formations and rocks. The falls are cool with a sort of oasis appeal along the creek. Be sure to take a little water because the rocks and the climb will bring a little thirst. There are no fees for this hike.
Trailhead: The unsigned spur road leading to the parking area is located on the west side of U12 between mileposts 81 and 82, 22.4 miles NE of Escalante. The short (200-300 yards) spur road is rough and sandy. If you are driving a low clearance vehicle park on the side of road at a pull out. (Lat:37.85899 Lon:-111.43725)
Trail Guides for Upper Calf Creek Falls:
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guide/Globe Pequot press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, 455 So Main, Escalante, Utah 435-826-5499
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Don Evans, who has posted  31 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Jeff P on 5/10/2011
This isn't the most amazing place, but 4 stars says "would hike again" and given the shortness of the hike I would. I wouldn't go out of my way to do it, but if you're in the neighborhood, maybe staying in the campground, then it's a must do.

Reviewed by tl on 7/16/2010
Big disappointment. The stream flow was completely dry except for the deep pools. Is this water being diverted for irrigation or does it always dry out in the summer?

Reviewed by HLSL on 2/21/2010
Too crowded now, much better hikes elsewhere in Utah

Reviewed by Karen on 5/4/2006
Was actually surprised to see other people on the trail since there is no sign off the main road. However I still enjoyed it even though the pictures of the falls aren't my favorites.

Reviewed by Fred on 4/21/2005
I feel that I have to balance out the review by LMR. This is a review of the hike, not a review of a guide book. This is a marvelous hike with a little of everything....a glorious setting, verdent green vegatation amongst all the Escalante rock, a beautiful waterfall (very photogenic), and a fine spot for a cool summer swim. This is a hike that can be made by almost everyone from ages 5 to 75. While it's not exactly a backcountry experience, it has something to offer to everyone, and can be completed in a few hours (on the way to here or there).

Reviewed by LMR on 10/10/2004
Simplistic writing, bad photos. Don't quit your day job to do this full time. As gorgeous as this place really is you have managed to make all your photos dull, colorless, and totally uninteresting. Maybe you want people to actually stay away from these places, and if so, you will succeed

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