Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a 5.7 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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 126' high falls. The hike is 6 miles round trip and takes average hikers 3-4 hours. 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.
Falls are beautiful and the hike is scenic the whole way.
Great walk up the canyon to a beautiful waterfall at the end. Walk is through a lot of sand and over rocks, good shoes is a very good idea.
Amazing hike! We got to the recreation center around 7:30am and did not have any issues parking, but the lot was very full by time we finished the trail around 10:30. Make sure to take the brochure from the trailhead, as there are great facts to read along the trail to match up with numbered markers. The waterfall at the end of the trail is absolutely breathtaking!!
Lower Calf was stunning. Great hike back, hieroglyphics, native ruins (at a distance), views. Take the brochure and follow the informational posts or you will miss the sites. The waterfall was gorgeous. One of the best hikes I did in the area while there for a week.
easy and really pretty. went with small dog. he was just fine. fairly heavy traffic but nothing too bad.
Very nice but sandy hike, probably where the moderate rating comes from. The falls are beautiful and would be great for swimming in the summer. In the spring, the weather is nice. Make sure to get a trail map as there are some facts that correspond on the map and stops on the hike. Wonderful hike!
Hike was great in March! Weather was warm but not too hot. There are a lot of shady spots along the way, and I saw people of all skill levels on this trail - including little kids and people in there 70's. And the payoff at the end of the trail is awesome!
Pros - nice and mostly gentle terrain, Great end spot, shady spots, good amount of ecosystems covered, not too much elevation change so good for hikers of all skill levels. Well used trail - lots of people - pro or con!
Cons - lots of sand on parts of the trail, got lost at a couple spots coming back - trail isn't well marked in those spots (we quickly found out way back), trail can be crowded at times.
Tips - bring water and sunscreen and a bathing suit in the summer time.
For people with bad knees (like me) walking sticks are helpful in spots.