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Hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls

Boulder, Utah

4.5/5
based on 11 reviews

Details

Distance

6 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Thomas Burton

The hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls takes you past Native American ruins to a beautiful waterfall and natural pool for swimming.

The trailhead for lower calf creek falls begins at the Calf Creek Campground. There is a small fee to park in the campground and a larger fee if you plan on camping in the campground. There is potable water and outhouses at the trailhead but parking can be difficult to find during the spring and fall.

Near the trailhead there is a pamphlet that you can grab that will tell you about the plants you see along the trail as well as the locations for some Native American ruins that you can see on the way to the waterfall. Be sure to grab one because the ruins can be very difficult to find without a little help.

The trail makes it way up through the sandstone canyon for about 3 miles until you reach the Lower Calf Creek Waterfall. The color of the blue water makes for a very stunning contrast with the red sandstone rock and there are numerous photographers trying to get great pictures. I would recommend taking a neutral density filter for your camera to be able to take long exposure photographs of the waterfall.

Spend some time eating lunch and swimming here at the waterfall before making the way back to the parking lot. The trail is open year round but can be very hot in the summer and there can be snow in the winter. Dogs are allowed but must be on leash.

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Features

Camping
Photography
Hiking
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Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall

Reviews

The walk there seemed eternity, but it was definitely worth the fabulous results! Went mid spring and later in the evening, so we did not get in the very cold water and also couldn’t stay long because of the cold misty wind

This hike took me 1 hour and 10 minutes. I packed two 32 oz of water and drank them both, and packed a few apples and clif bars. Some of the trail is very exposed so be prepared for sun!! Lots of sunblock. I went on a Tuesday and it was pretty heavily trafficked still.

The hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls took me to a beautiful waterfall and natural pool.

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