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Upper Calf Creek Falls - 4 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 01 2022
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51 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Upper Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 01 2022
ddgrunningTriplogs 422
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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Oct 21 2020
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48 female
 Joined Mar 09 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Upper Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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azlaurieTriplogs 259
Hiking2.31 Miles 657 AEG
Hiking2.31 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   1.98 mph
657 ft AEG      19 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Sep 03 2020
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76 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Upper Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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rvcarterTriplogs 241
Hiking2.20 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
650 ft AEG
 
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See the guide I just posted for more details. Outstanding short hike off Utah Hwy 12. The only problem is finding the trailhead.
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Sep 21 2019
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57 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Jackson, CA
Upper Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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toddakTriplogs 491
Hiking2.10 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles
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Very nice hike, the main falls looks similar to Lower Calf Creek falls, but this one probably gets much less traffic.
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Oct 17 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Upper Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,587
Hiking2.24 Miles 679 AEG
Hiking2.24 Miles
679 ft AEG
 
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woke up to light rain wednesday, as forecast
coffee and breakfast at escalante outfitters where we stayed in a cabin two nights
looked like we might get a break in the rain, so headed for upper calf creek falls
right off highway 12, so easy to access and escape if needed
the hike drops steeply on slickrock
slow going at first as it hadn't dried out completely
the grade moderates after about a third of a mile, and some sandy/rocky sections provide better footing
the trail splits near the falls, with a worn trail heading for the top of the falls and a cairned path to the base
went to the top first, then below
all of the guidebooks mention abundant poison ivy near the base, but it's easily avoided
shorter waterfall than the more popular lower calf creek falls
a completely different hike: slickrock vs. sand, descending the canyon wall vs. walking through a canyon, shorter hike
i liked them both
started raining on the hike out
we were lucky to get this one in
of course i wanted to do something else and we stopped at the river but the rain picked up and continued much of the afternoon
instead we indulged in an enormous pizza which escalante outfitters is known for
played some scrabble and did some laundry, then later snuck into the canyon lodge breakfast area to watch the US women's national soccer team beat canada in world cup qualifying
not bad for a rain day :)

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Upper Calf Creek Falls Medium flow Medium flow
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