Walk about 2018
Our first night was a stop at the Virgin River Gorge campground before setting a more permanent camp for 3 nights at Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The campground is the trailhead for the 3 mile hike into Lower Calf Creek Falls, a 126 foot cascade which later flows through the campground. The creek was too cold for swimming but did provide a nice place to escape the triple digit temperatures.
Martok quickly adapted to the flexible bridge over the creek but we frequently just walked through the river crossing where the road passed from one side of the camp to the other. I also had a chance to have fun with the expanded dynamic range of my new Sony 7iii camera.
The best time to hike to the falls is before sunrise, as we previously have done, or near sunset. Many people brave the mid-day heat which was resulting in 1 heart attack/week according to the overworked camp host. He makes sure there are 14 gallons of water available along the trail everyday.
I braved the hike in the evening while Ernie and Martok stayed at camp. The heat was still too much for a large black dog with tender paws. The camp host was on his way out collecting the empty water containers. He said watch for snakes but he forgot to remind me about the mosquitos.
The cliffs that were providing shade ended up blocking the moon as well so when it got dark it was really dark. So many people walk the area that following the wrong tracks isn’t hard to do. I discovered this twice thinking I was on the trail only to reach impassable points before seeing the actual trail far below me. Luckily my backup light was better than my headlamp and I knew 3 people were still behind me on the trail.
The light at the falls was worth the hike including the few minutes of panic about thinking I was lost but not really lost.