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Upper Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking2.76 Miles 809 AEG
Hiking2.76 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.33 mph
809 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Final hike of an amazing weekend.

I didn't see any signage for this one while driving on the road. In fact, initially I passed the turn off and had to turn around.

The trailhead is just a short distance off the road--where there is signage and a small parking area--that was nearly full.

Unlike Lower Calf Creek falls, this one deals some significant elevation loss/gain in a short period.

My intel on the hike was that the trail took you to the top of the falls where there was a decent swimming hole. This is true, but just the beginning. Immediately upstream from this hole next to the falls is an even more impressive swimming hole with crystal clear water, fed by a nice 15-foot waterfall and plunging into a deep pool. Again, if I wasn't on the clock, I would have taken a couple of jumps and enjoyed the water.

On my way back, I decided to look to see if there was a way to get down to the bottom of the falls. I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find out the answer is yes.

It is cairned over the slickrock and my exit route on the gps track follows it best.

Unlike the upper pools, where there was a decent crowd (including a boy scout troop), I had the base of the falls to myself. While not quite as impressive as Lower Calf Creek falls, this is certainly still a very worthy destination. Again, the pool at the base of the falls would make for a nice swim.

On the opposite side of the creek was a larger alcove that, if I had had m ore time, I would have loved to explore. Next time ....

The hike out (UP) was a solid workout. Once on top of the rim, the wind was whipping about--something that became a theme for the entire drive home. I don't think I've ever seen so much sand blown across the road on the drive from Page to Flagstaff.

Speaking of Flag, I drove through the burn area from the Tunnel Fire. There's a decent scar across the road, but honestly, I was expecting worse--I'm sure it is worse down the road to Sunset Crater.

Arrived home in good time around 9 pm. Gone from Friday morning to Sunday night. 18+ hours of driving. Hikes to: Peekaboo and Spooky Slots; Coyote Gulch; Lower Calf Cree Falls; Upper Calf Creek Falls. Worth it!
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