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Lower Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
Hiking7.38 Miles 1,697 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.11 mph
1,697 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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Midmorning start at Lower Calf Creek falls. The parking lot and overflow were packed, as expected. Luckily, we were able to take a spot for 4WD only cars, one of the last remaining spots. We paid our $5 for day use parking, put the ticket stub on the dash, and started our hike (along with a hundred other people). It was pretty hot out, mid eighties, but cooler than Phoenix, so there is that!

The trail is well used, wide and easy to follow. Calf creek is always on your right on the way to the falls, and is usually in site. The canyon walls have many colors, and are reminiscent of oak creek canyon. After hiking further in, there is a lot of vegetation and big trees (boxelders). 3 miles later, you can hear the falls and it comes into view. Very beautiful! Considering the number of people on the trail, coming and going, there wasn't as many people at the falls as I thought. There is a beautiful pool of crystal clear greenish water at the base of the falls, but it is arctic temperature, so there wasn't much swimming going on!! A few brave folks went in the for a quick dip and then swiftly receded to dry on the sunny bank.

We stayed an hour or so and then headed back. An uneventful hike out. My youngest did almost the entire hike out in bare feet. A majority of the trail is sandy which can make for slow going. The trail only gets rockier closer to the trailhead.

There are sign posts along the way which correspond to a free interpretive guide which you can get at the visitor center or at the trail register. The coolest marker was #8 which showcased pictographs of three trapezoidal people on the wall across the canyon. Very cool! :)
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