Tom’s Experience hiking to the Lower Calf Creek Falls:
Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the prettiest, if not the prettiest waterfall in Utah, in my opinion, and is one of the best hikes in the Escalante area. It is downstream from the Upper Calf Creek Falls.
I love how the colors from the red rocks, the green moss and the white water come together. I think it is a place that is definitely worth visiting at least once.
Before you begin, be sure to grab a trail guide because there are several markers on the trail that point out different Indian ruins and other interesting features along the way.
The trail to Calf Creek Falls starts from the campground and follows the Calf Creek stream up through the red canyons. Most of the trail is fairly level as it follows the stream up the canyon to the waterfall. We passed numerous trees and enjoyed the steep canyon walls that we were hiking in between. The trail is about 3 miles to the falls. You can swim in the falls if you are hot and dogs are allowed on the trail but must be leashed anywhere in the Calf Creek Falls State Park.
It is a very popular trail and we passed dozens of people on the way to and from the falls. The trail is fairly flat the entire way, so a wide range of ages could do it, but it is longer than expected. There is a small fee to park in the campground parking lot that pays for the fresh water and the outhouses. Getting a campsite in the campground can be difficult as it is very popular.
Trail Info: Head east out of the town of Escalante about 15 miles on highway 12. There is a large sign for the Lower Calf Creek Campground but it is a little low off of the road so you need to be sure you are looking for it. There is a lot of parking but it fills up quickly. The Lower Calf Creek Falls trail starts from the campground and there is a small fee to park there. There are restrooms and drinking water available at the trailhead.
Lower Calf Creek Falls Trailhead = 37.795766,-111.413605
Lower Calf Creek Falls = 37.829201,-111.42013
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