Upper Calf Creek Falls - Hike and Swim near Boulder, Utah
UT-12, Boulder, UT 84716, USA,Boulder,Utah
37.8594679, -111.4376816
4.3 miles S of Boulder, Utah
Address: UT-12, Boulder, UT 84716, USA
GPS: 37°51'34.1"N 111°26'15.7"W
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State: Utah

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The hike begins on the canyon rim and makes a 500-foot descent down steep slickrock to a sandy trail visible at the bottom of the slope. As you approach the creek, the trail splits. The left side of the fork follows a trail down slickrock ledges and leads to the base of the falls. The right fork stays high and leads to the top of the falls. For more information, detailed maps, and current conditions contact the nearest GSENM visitor center. Day hike. Route is a well-worn sandy path; occasional rock cairns mark the slickrock sections.1.0 mile one-way with a 500-foot elevation change" (Footing seems precarious when you first go out on this slickrock, but if you have good footwear, avoid loose gravel and the rock is dry, the grip is actually pretty good. Follow the cairns across the slick rock face.)

SAFETY: Very steep slickrock at the beginning and end of the hike. Several rocky ledges to negotiate on the section of trail that leads to the base of the falls. Use caution near cliff edges along the section of trail to the top of the falls. Hikers need to watch their footing on steep slickrock to avoid falls, especially when wet. The return hike up the steep slickrock is very strenuous and can be extremely tiring, especially in hot weather. Heat exposure and lack of water are safety concerns along this route. Heat-related injuries and dehydration could be potential problems. Hikers must carry adequate water. Calf Creek is a sensitive riparian area and requires special "Leave No Trace" principles. Camping and fires are not permitted near the falls."

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Boulder, Utah

  1. Head east toward UT-12 W (354 ft)
  2. Turn right onto UT-12 W
    Destination will be on the right
    (6.9 mi)
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To get to trailhead, continue on RT 12 east (past the Calf Creek Recreation Area/Campground, above). Before you get to Boulder, look sharply for the unmarked dirt road to the trail head located on the north (left) side of the road between mile markers 80 and 81. A good landmark indicating that you have the right road is a large black boulder with a wide white stripe that sits on the right side of the entrance to the road. It is less than 0.25 mile to the trail head on the dirt road which is very rough, sandy, and recommended for high clearance vehicles only". Park and walk if this road is too rough.

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