"Upper Calf Creek Falls" Top 5 Page for this destination Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument Things to Do Tip by BruceDunning

  View of slickrock going down
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  • View of slickrock going down - Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
      View of slickrock going down
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  • Looking to the climb up - Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
      Looking to the climb up
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      View down into the canyon floor.
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      View of both pools
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This is a hike that was said to be moderate to go down the the falls at the bottom of a ravine. It is located off Hwy 12 at mile marker 81. That is just to the south of Boulder about 20 miles, and 22 miles east of Escalante. This is the Calf Creek Recreation area. It is form camping/hiking, and there is also a Lower Calf Creek Falls; comment next page.
The hike is strenuous. I did not read intently that the drop off down a very steep slick rock face is 600 feet. That meant your thighs were holding you back form tipping forward and rolling downhill. No exaggeration, it was tough. Once you get to the base of the hill there is sandy trails, and some rock climbing. The hike was about 3 1/4 mils, rather that the stipulated 2 1/2 miles. Go only in dry weather that has been that way for a while. Go with a partner since it is isolated and if you fall, you need help quickly because of the drop. Coming back uphill is also a factor to consider. They were not very deep now because of lack of rain. One is very slick underneath form algae of rock. Be careful. The drop of of the pools to the canyon below is 88 feet, and straight down. What fun.

Website: http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/grand_staircase_escalante/upper_calf_creek.html

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2009
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