It was day 6 of our 10-day trip. We'd driven Hell's Backbone Road, had a nice lunch at Kiva Coffee overlooking the Escalante River. With a bit of time to kill, we hit Lower Calf Creek Falls. this was a repeat of a hike we'd done a few years ago. Not much had changed, but the hike to the falls is easy enough and pretty. We spotted the ancient graineries high up in the cliff ledges. The Fremont People's rock paintings of three figures remain on the canyon's sandstone walls, just as they have for hundreds of years. The falls are still mesmerizing. Saw a spotted trout of some type treading water in a sandy spot in the creek on the way out.
The trail seemed a bit more crowded than I remembered, but we struck up some nice conversations at the falls, taking turns snapping photos for people standing in front of the waterfall. One lady was chatty and asked us about where we had been and where we were going. We mentioned the restaurant that had helped lure us out toward Boulder and how amazing the food is there. We saw her and her hubby later coming out after enjoying an early dinner, pretty much the only thing available if you don't have reservations. The hike made our dinner even more wonderful. We heartily recommend the Hell's Backbone Grill and the very plushly comfortable Boulder Mountain Inn.