Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, Escalante

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Stretch your legs and soak up Utah's astounding natural beauty at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area. The towering waterfalls are the highlight of the rocky park, with the lower tier reaching 38 m (126 ft) and the upper tier plunging from 27 m (88 ft) further up. Most visitors to the area walk the lower-tier trail, a moderate 8.6 km (5.5 mi) hike traversing mainly sandy paths, while the more adventurous can scramble the extra 1.6 km (1 mi) to reach the upper falls. There is a dearth of amenities, so make sure to bring plenty of snacks and water. Take a break and refuel at one of the picnic tables provided. Add Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area and other attractions to your Escalante trip itinerary using our Escalante day trip planning site.
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  • Started hike midweek before 7am. Cool shaded walk. Stoped along the number signs. Info sheet is outside bathrooms. The falls were powerful even though it was very dry as it has not rained for a long.....  more
    Started hike midweek before 7am. Cool shaded walk. Stoped along the number signs. Info sheet is outside bathrooms. The falls were powerful even though it was very dry as it has not rained for a long.....  more »
  • Nice easy hike. Start early before the crowds. It takes a few hours. We loved the waterfall. It was beautiful and looks to be a great place to cool off later in the summer. Restrooms in the parking....  more
    Nice easy hike. Start early before the crowds. It takes a few hours. We loved the waterfall. It was beautiful and looks to be a great place to cool off later in the summer. Restrooms in the parking....  more »
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  • Hiked this over the weekend (August 2022) and loved it. I am NOT in amazing shape and this hike was doable for me, so long as I took my time. I was a little freaked out after reading some of the reviews about how steep it was. Here are my tips. 1. Like mentioned in other reviews - plan on the first 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes being hard. The descent is very steep and took me some time. Obviously therefore the ascent back to the trailhead is steep on the way out. Just take it slow and you'll be fine even if you're not sure you can do it. 2. During the descent into the canyon and out of the canyon there's not a lot of shade so hike when the sun isn't overhead. Take plenty of water. 3. We went during monsoon season. We were racing a dark cloud system on our way back. I'm assuming the hike up would be super hard if it started raining, so plan accordingly. 4. Follow the cairns BUT when you get to the ridge of the canyon and it seems like that's when you descend down to the river (you can hear the waterfall at this point) realize that AT THIS POINT you choose your desired endpoint. If you keep hiking across the ridge and head toward the TOP of the waterfall you'll find a swimming hole. If you continue downward toward the bottom of the waterfall there is another swimming hole, but it's far more mucky. If you do venture down to the bottom (which I recommend) plan on wading through the stream back in the direction away from the waterfall and you'll see a few more small swimming holes around the bend. You HAVE to walk backward through the stream to find those. 5. If it's hot, the hike back will be better if you're wet. Take a soak before you climb out of the canyon.
  • A special place. Interesting hike. Peaceful, calm. Breathtaking views

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