UT – Grand Staircase-Escalante NM, Upper Calf Creek Falls

When I can hike more, drive less, I’m a very happy gal. In this case, Upper Calf Creek Falls is just a short drive from Lower Calf Creek Falls where I’d hiked the previous day. 

BLM has done a great job with signage at trailheads. 

The hike to Upper Falls is about as opposite as you can get from the one to Lower Falls. I’d call the Lower Falls trail a nearly flat freeway path while the one to Upper Falls is more of a steeply descending route defined by cairns on slickrock mixed with well used trail. This is the beginning of the trail. Oh how I love Navajo sandstone, my favorite slickrock surface. 

Look at that geology. Oh the layers of the earth, constantly in a cycle of change. 

First view of the falls. I was a bit disappointed with the white skies which would mean uninspired photos. 

But then I hiked down to the base of the falls and WOW! 

I found more reason to say WOW as I hiked to the top of the falls. There were several pools along this section of the creek. They’d be challenging to access but they sure were 

This infinity pool feeds the 50 foot drop of Upper Falls. 

I found reflections and more beauty as I explored further upstream. 

Slickrock makes for easy exploration. 

An overview of the Calf Creek basin. To the left is Lower Calf Creek Falls while to the right is Upper Calf Creek Falls. On this day I didn’t hike to lower from upper but I could see a use trail. According to my WOW guide, you can’t safely see over lower nor access from this point but given the use trail, I’d say many have attempted and possibly been successful. 

Adventure Date(s):

  • March 21, 2018


  • No pooping in the dry stream bed above Upper Creek Falls unless you want to drink that poop water when you refill your drinking water containers at the Lower Creek Campground/Picnic area. 
  • Be aware and knowledgeable of biological soil. 



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