Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.7 miElevation gain521 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Calf Creek Falls is one of the most well known and unique features in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The trail follows Calf Creek to the falls. Elevation change on the trail is minimal, but the trail is sandy and walking can be strenuous, especially in hot weather. In contrast, the falls provide a delightfully cool, shady haven which makes the hike well worth the effort.

Lower Calf Creek Falls is a very popular hike, especially on the weekends. If you want to avoid people, mid-week is best. There is a $2 per vehicle fee. Camping is also available for a fee. The best time to go is in the summer.

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Karen Bowling
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Nice easy hike with beautiful views both on the way and at the end! The trickiest part for us was just getting through the icy parking lot, the trail itself was easy!

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Chris Chris Durtschi
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Caitlin Brown
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I have no clue how I haven't done this hike. We got to the trail around 11:45 and only took us 2 hours 15 minutes (and clocked in 6.10 miles from parking lot back to lot) roundtrip. Super easy trail. The mud still was a little frozen so we didn't have to worry about muddy shoes and just tiny stretch of snow that you are fine with just hiking boots. We passed a few people on the trail leaving and once we got to the waterfall we had the entire place to ourselves. On our way out we passed more people heading (closer to 1:30/2:00). It was a pretty warm hike with a sweater but very glad I had my light coat at the actual waterfall!

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Regan Abromitis
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HikingGreat!

This trail was amazing! I went on a Thursday in December and had the entire trail to myself, out and back. While there isn’t much elevation gain, most of the hike is sand which makes it a little tougher. Definitely a new favorite!

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Jennifer Shamp
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Such a winter wonderland with gushing waterfall. Wore the microspikes which came in handy though some spots were easily trekked without.

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Mckenzie Hibler
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Hike was fairly easy- you just have to watch for ice. The falls at the end are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Recommend this as a nice easy trail with awesome views.

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John White
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Lauren Lucek
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Amazing views the entire way. The waterfall was magical, and we had it all to ourselves!

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Rachith Kavi
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Amanda McLearn-Montz
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One of the most beautiful hikes in Utah! On 12/25, trail is very clear, only a few patches of ice so no need for yak traks. The waterfall is flowing with some icicles around, and is absolutely spectacular!

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Nirmal Baid
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Stunning beauty of the canyon surrounding you all along the trail culminating in 130 ft waterfall. The trail is mostly flat with some rocky and sandy terrain. Easy to follow along.

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Aaron Estep
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Johnnie D
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Excellent trail that follows the bottom of the canyon on a relatively flat and sandy path. Gorgeous views the entire way and the waterfall at the end is jaw dropping. As of 12/18 the trail is clear and the waterfall is flowing!! Highly recommend!

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Isaac Mitchell
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The title should tell you all you need to know. Enjoy your hike!

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Brooke McShizzle
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Ann Chen
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As the weather turns colder, it’s important to estimate the time when you get to the fall and return. The whole hike is very enjoyable and the fall is amazing.

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Ian Reynolds
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Anthony Anthony DeCicco
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Keri K
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Carlos Herrero
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Shelly Jones
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Lina Burvikovs
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Daniela Cheptene
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Carl Flink
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Easy to moderate hike....very sandy but along water the entire time. Waterfall at the end is a great payoff.

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Bobi Jo Homer
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Adam Flores
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Nice trail, easy for all levels. Weather was perfect during November, can only imagine during the summer. Waterfall is definitely worth checking out and not crowded at all on a Saturday afternoon. Bring a lunch and enjoy.

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Gianpaolo Perrone
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Absolutely stunning waterfall, and hike all around. If this were in Yosemite, there would be a thousand cars in the parking lot.

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