Lower Calf Creek Falls

IntrepidXJ

ADVENTR
Joined
Jan 17, 2012
Messages
3,330
Southern Utah Wanderings | Canyons of the Escalante
Tuesday, October 7, 2014


After our long hot hike back from the Golden Cathedral on Monday, we decided to make today an easy day and drove back out to the highway so we could hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls. This hike has been on my list for many years, yet I always passed it up for other opportunities because of how crowded this popular trails seems to be. I was determined to finally make it to this classic southern Utah location this week.

We woke up before sunrise in Egypt and watched the sky explode with color as we packed up camp. Always a nice way to start the day!


Egypt Camp Sunrise
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We arrived at the trailhead in the early morning and were the second or third vehicle in the parking lot, so I wasn't too worried about the trail being crowded today. We hiked the trail quickly to the waterfall at the end to try and catch it in good light. We probably would have missed the best light on a clear day, but today there was a thin layer of clouds that diffused the light and made the scene easy to photograph.

I took few photos as I hurried to the waterfall, but I did take this one shot looking up Calf Creek Canyon.


Calf Creek Canyon
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When we arrived at the falls the couple who were already there packed up and left, leaving us the place to ourselves for a while. I took advantage and took plenty of photos...


Framed Falls
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Waterfall Detail
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Lower Calf Creek Falls
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Calf Creek Falls
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Bottom
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

It was a bit too cold to swim this morning, so when we were done taking our photos we took our time hiking back to the trailhead and searching for rock art along the way.

This sun halo appeared briefly above us as we hiked along the trail.


Sun Halo
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We stopped to get a closer look at this ruin along the trail.

Calf Creek Granary by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This well-known Fremont and Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel was the main one I wanted to photograph on this hike. We crossed the creek, which was deep at this point thanks to beaver dams, and found a way up to get closer to the panel.


Calf Creek Pictographs
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We searched the area and found plenty of other faded pictographs, including this panel.


Cross Panel
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We also found another large panel featuring this black anthropomorphic figure.


Black Anthropomorph
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The rest of the panel was pretty faded Barrier Canyon Style pictographs. The petroglyph of a hand and tracks over the faded pictographs are pretty cool.


Faded
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A few more BCS figures. One without a head.


Headless
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another look at the black anthropomorph with a smaller one next to it that appears to have been created by smudging fingerprints into the desired shape.


Black Paint
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After reaching the trailhead again, we drove into Escalante for some dinner and to fuel up the Jeep so we could head out on the Hole-in-the-Rock Road again. This time our destination would be Fortymile Ridge so we could backpack into Coyote Gulch the following day. We found a place to camp near the trailhead and got to watch a colorful sunset before getting to bed early.

Beautiful sunset colors over our small camp on Fortymile Ridge.


Camp Sunset
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The color of the clouds over the Straight Cliffs was intense!


Fortymile Sunset
by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

>> Lower Calf Creek Falls Photo Gallery
>> The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO

Featured image for home page:
slide.jpg
 

Dan_85

Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2013
Messages
226
Yes, it's one of the more popular spots but I do love Calf Creek. Probably the coldest water i've ever swum in too! Great shots...
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
J Scrambles in the Lower Colorado River Corridor AZ/NV; Dec. 11-14, 2020 Hiking & Camping 5
Devin Ashby The Lower Gulch - Escalante (Seeking info on the route) Trip Planning 14
RyanP Lower Death Hollow next week (late May/early June), miscellaneous questions Trip Planning 16
Stephanie B Sixteen Room Ruin and Lower Butler Wash Hiking & Camping 15
Boognish Lower Death Hollow Narrows April 2018 Backpacking 17
fossana Sheep Bridge/Lower JEM trail (Virgin, UT) Conservation Project General Discussion 5
T Dark canyon - lower blm portion with pack goats?? Canyoneering 2
pstm13 Texas Pass Cirque of Towers Lower Wind River Range August 2018 Trip Planning 7
Ross West Canyon quicksand (a/one want to go lower West/Face/Labyrinth August? Trip Planning 3
Strawsome Lower Death Hollow at it's finest Backpacking 3
DiscGo Lower Watermaiden [Video] Hiking & Camping 5
RyanP Lower Death Hollow, mid-April Trip Planning 8
Outdoors24 Overnight in Lower Spring Canyon Backpacking 5
Ravialdo Lower Muley Twist water situation? Trip Planning 13
Udink Lower Horseshoe Canyon Hiking & Camping 0
Kullaberg63 Lower Dirty Devil Backpacking 7
Jackson Lower Red Castle Lake Backpacking 4
scatman Lower and Midway Geyser Basins plus Buffalo Meadows - Yellowstone National Park - June 26, 2016 Backpacking 5
BJett Lower Escalante Trifecta - Davis Gulch to Fiftymile Creek Backpacking 8
BJett Lower Escalante Trifecta - Willow Gulch to Davis Gulch Backpacking 14
mattvogt7 Lower Escalante Packraft Loop Backpacking 12
Jackson Lower Spring Canyon in Winter Backpacking 14
Nick Floating lower Cataract into Glen Canyon Trip Planning 2
mattvogt7 Lower Cataract Canyon Loop Backpacking 16
Parma Lower Salmon River - Hammer Creek to Heller Bar On The Water 7
lostlandscapes Lower Red Castle Lake -- 6/13/15 Backpacking 19
IntrepidXJ The Lower San Juan River On The Water 8
IntrepidXJ Lower Grand Gulch Backpacking 5
toejam Lower Sisquoc Loop Backpacking 7
ram Crash Site/Lower Hades Canyon 2-15-15 Canyoneering 1
LarryBoy Water Sources in Lower Grand Gulch Trip Planning 15
Ben wind river range, elkhart park to lower jean lake Backpacking 13
Dave December in Lower Muley Twist Backpacking 20
Udink Lower Price River Hiking & Camping 8
westerner54 Lower Grand Gulch, Below the Narrows Backpacking 3
Scott Chandler Chimney Rock-Lower Spring Canyon, Cap Reef NP Hiking & Camping 6
Nick Lower Black Box Trip Planning 0
BJett Lower Big Creek - Great Smoky Mountains National Park On The Water 2
Nick Lower Bells Canyon Hiking & Camping 3
Udink Lower San Rafael Hiking & Camping 4
Bill Lower Brimstone Gulch - Escalante Hiking & Camping 11
Cody Halls Creek Loop via Lower Muley and Red Slide Backpacking 16
slc_dan Lower-Lower Muley Twist 4/12/2013 Backpacking 14
Nick Lower Muley Twist vs. Upper Muley Twist Trip Planning 19
slc_dan Lower Salt Creek/Paul Bunyan's Potty Backpacking 11
Dave Lower South Desert, Capitol Reef Trip Planning 0
Artemus Lower Muley Twist in Capitol Reef Backpacking 22
lostlandscapes Lower Black Box TR -- Video Edition Canyoneering 4
Nick Lower Black Box, San Rafael Swell Canyoneering 15
gnwatts Invite Lower Black Box on Friday/Saturday? Meet Up (Members Only) 74

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top