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Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 708 reviews

Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a 5.5 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no shade

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.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Pretty flat some inclines. Took about 2 hours. 6.2 miles ROUND TRIP. I’d say it’s beginner nothing to intense maybe two water bottles - I only drank half of one. Waterfall super pretty also freezing! Once you get to market 13 it’s right around the corner. Super pretty! Worth it. Keep time in check. Went today 11-9-19. Was cool at points but a tee shirt and small thermal long sleeve shirt worked well enough.

hiking
fee
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Exceptional 6 mile hike. Stunning views of several canyons, and dramatic waterfall. Much of the trail was through fine sand. Use the map to read each of the 14 description markers - including number 9 regarding pictographs on an opposite wall. Truly a memorable hike.

hiking
fee
1 month ago

Loved this trail. 6 miles ish. Most of it is through sand so it feels like you’re walking on a beach, a bit tougher than just walking on a path. Gorgeous scenery throughout. Easy to follow trail. Gets cold in the canyon and near the falls so take a layer

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Really sandy in some parts. We were there at 10:30 on a Tuesday and it wasn't busy at all. We shed layers on the trail but then were glad we still had our jackets at the falls. It was chilly there. We ate lunch at the picnic tables there by the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

My Apple Watch clocked 7 miles in 2.5 hours from the parking lot. The trail is nice, some sun and some shade. Little elevation gain. It is sandy. Be prepared because it slows you down and you may have to stop to dump sand from your shoes. The falls are beautiful and worth the hike! Be sure to pay the day use fee of $5. The day we went it was cold. We started in coats and hats and gloves at 10:30am in the 30 degree range. By the end we were in short sleeve shirts. The sun was welcome. Go early because you won’t find parking otherwise.

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular colors. This is more than a walk to the waterfall. Grab the guide which points out the petroglyphs and other interesting points along the way. May seem long but worth it!

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

View at the top/end: 4/5 Pretty waterfall in a nice shaded spot giving respite from the hot sun. Views along the trail: 3.5/5 Beautiful fall colours and red cliffs along the route. Technical difficulty: 0.5/5 No long up sections. Path is narrow in places but never dangerous or technical. Saw kids/babies and grandparents all along the trail. Anyone can do it. Half a star for some slightly uneven steps in places. Fitness difficulty: 1/5 Some deeper sand making it a little more strenuous than normal otherwise an easy hike. Overall rating: 3/5 Knocked stars off because of how busy it is. So many people. It was a Friday afternoon in October and I regularly had to queue to get past people. Lots of large, loud groups. Definitely not the place for peace and tranquility but very pretty none the less.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty sandy on a quarter of the trail but the waterfall at the end is spectacular. You’d think you were in a lush forest if you didn’t know any better.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun hike. The sand was deep a lot of the way but worth the hike to the beautiful waterfall and scenery!

Wonderful hike with a spectacular waterfall at the end. All Trails says 5.5 round trip, I clocked 7.7 on the app. Take the time to read the markers along the way and see all the canyon has to offer.

hiking
1 month ago

Great fall hike. Trail is well defined and easy to navigate. Plenty of rest spots along the way. The waterfall is gorgeous and provides a cool breeze. A must hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is very flat and I'd rate it as being easy - the only real thing adding some difficulty is that the soft sand may make it harder to walk if you don't have appropriate footwear. The views, especially during the last 3/4 of the trail including the waterfall are amazing and definitely make it worth the trip! Be sure to bring $5 in exact change as that's the fee.

hiking
2 months ago

A must do trail. 6 miles RT. No switch backs but still technical in a few areas. Water and food is s must. The falls are beautiful.

Amazing!! We had 9 kids ranging from 14 to 1 amd they loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but go early to miss the crowds. Beautiful canyon with an incredible destination.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

The views are well worth the hike.

recorded Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike, both in the shade, and in the sun, beautiful view of the waterfall

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful and scenic trail! Not overly technical or challenging in terms of elevation gain. Got a little crowded in the later part of the afternoon, but no one can be blamed for wanting to see the gorgeous waterfall at the completion of the trail. Would definitely recommend this one if you happen to be in the area.

Start early to avoid the heat and the crowds! Hiked this trail on 9/25 with my pup. Started about 8am and the majority of the way to the waterfall was shaded. Beautiful views throughout and the waterfall itself is gorgeous. I was probably one of the first few groups to get there for the day. The water is frigid!! Stayed at the falls for about 20 min before heading back. The first mile/mile and a half was still shaded on the way back. Passed a lot of people on the way back including some large groups. The trail is mostly sandy so know that you prob can’t walk your usual pace.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

very nice hike, not crowded, falls were worth it but not much along the way. wear shoes that work in loose sand

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy hike and the waterfall was even better than pictures!! Cold water but it felt amazing on my feet and legs after the walk up. Mostly sand on the trail, be careful with dogs as it can get hot. Bring a hammock to relax in before heading back down. We didn’t get there until about noon and it was pretty busy but still worth it.

$5 or a National Parks Pass. Beautiful waterfall and scenery all the way. The water took my breath away it was so cold, but I'm so glad I swam. The trail is mostly soft sand and I hiked barefoot slowly on the way back. Started at 8, got back at noon. Passed several large hiking tour groups around 10. Honestly, kind of bummed to see so many large groups in such a wild area. This trail is well marked and completely doable for a novice hiker. There's a water tap at the beginning of the road with cold drinking water if you need to fill your bottle.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

This is great desert hike that reminded me of hikes in the Grand Canyon, but flat. There is just a bit of scrambling, but the footing is easy most of the time. This is a dog friendly trail, but if you bring your pooch along, put him/her in a cool-down and bring extra water. Also, watch out for hit sand. It won’t bother your boots or sandals a bit, but your friend could get burned. This is a hot, dry environment. Definitely plan to take a plunge into the pool at the waterfall. Do it as soon as you get there while you’re still hot from the hike. (The water is really cold for a creek in the desert.) Your clothes will be dry by the time you’ve hiked back to the trailhead.

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