RATING: Easy Hiking
LENGTH: 1-3+ hours
MAPS: Calf Creek, UT
SEASON: Any, no snow
Although Lower Calf Creek Falls gets most of the press, Upper Calf Creek Falls is my favorite. Less crowded, with plenty of charm and scenery, this is a great place to spend a hot day lounging. For the bold, there are a few smaller falls above the main falls that can be jumped. For the timid, just spending a hot day next to the cool babbling stream will be excitement enough.
Beware, the hike in and out are in full sun. Avoid hiking in or (especially) out during the hottest parts of the day in the summer.
The trailhead is right off of highway 12. The easiest way to find it is to start from the Calf Creek Campground turnoff, and travel north on Highway 12. After 5.6 miles, there is a short side road on the right (west) side of the road. There are a few side roads here. If you are at the correct one, you will find a few parking spots, and a trailhead sign in register on the west side of the parking area.
|Trailhead||12S 461484mE 4190354mN|
|Upper-Upper Falls||12S 460203mE 4189902mN|
|Falls||12S 460249mE 4189811mN|
From the parking area, go past the trailhead register, and head down the well cairned trail. It begins on relatively steep slickrock as it quickly descends and becomes more gradual. About 30 minutes from the car, near the bottom of the canyon, the trail splits. Left goes to the bottom of the falls. Right goes above the falls to some other small falls and pools. Both are worth a visit.
Return the way you came. Hiking time is about 30 minutes down, and 30-60 minutes back up depending on energy level.