Life can be a rollercoaster of storms and then beautiful serene moments. This VR 360 Nature Vacation is one of those wild rides. We start at HellsBackbone Bridge in the Death Box Hollow Wilderness in Utah for some beautiful cliff views and watch an epic storm roll in. It engulfed us, and we found ourselves surrounded with lightning, and an intense hail storm. We then head to a bePine Lake that is surrounded by gorgeous red cliffs and pink lily pad flowers. We move from there to the beautiful Upper Calf Creek Falls and see this beautiful waterfall from above and below, and then to Lake Barker in Dixie National Forest to catch a fish at a new lake making 40 different lakes we have caught at in our 100 lakes 100 fish goal. Storms seemed to follow us on this adventure. Some storms can bring fear, but in reality this one was an answer to prayers. Remember He is Good, and He wants to help. Sending Love and Postive Vibes your way!
If you have an Oculus, you should try out my Oculus Portfolio Link. Just click on the place you want to transport to, and it will pop up on your main Oculus Screen. So easy, and so fun.
VR 360 Nature Vacation Getaway for VR Headsets to HellsBackbone Ridge, Upper Calf Creek Falls, Pine Lake, and Barker Lake.
|Front View of Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante, Utah|
HOW TO GET TO UPPER CALF CREEK FALLS.
This hike is a little tricky to find for it is not well marked on the road. I was lucky and went into Boulder and put it into my Google maps, and even then it said you have arrived and I looked around to see no signs or anything, just a little side road that was easy to miss. You have to take that side road for a little ways and then you see signs for the Upper Calf Creek Falls. I do know it is about 10 miles outside Boulder close by the Hells Backbone road. The hike heads down a steep huge Boulder where the trail is only marked by Cairns. The trail varies from being a very distinctive path, to having to pay very close attention to the Cairns to stay on the path. Pay super close attention to the Cairns for it is so easy to get off the path and in scary situations. If you loose Cairns turn around quickly until you find those Cairns. The waterfall here is beautiful. I read that the Upper Calf Creek is preferable over the Lower for there is less traffic and less Poison Ivy and just as pretty of a waterfall. I took this in January, so this waterfall can look more stunning if you visit here in the spring. The hike is only about a mile in and a mile back, unless you loose those Cairns and then it can add quite a bit of distance on your hike. I would STRONGLY suggest using Gaia Maps or another app and recording your trail so you can follow it out in case you miss a Cairn. It is easier than you would think to get off the trail here, and with no service you can get in trouble quick. I thought I was good at keeping my eye out for those Cairns but I got lost the first time I was here, and the second time we got off for a minute, and after consulting my recording, we were back on the trail in a seconds.
|Side View of Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante, Utah|
On our second trip here, we had a funny story. We were fishing at Barker lake, and the surrounding lakes, and we kept getting major Flash Flood warnings on our phones that had no service. It said until 4pm, so we didn't drive anywhere like it asked and we only had a light sprinkle, so after 4 we headed out towards the sun. When we arrived at HellsBackbone Bridge, it was beautiful. The sun was shining, sky was blue, and we had pretty clouds, but it didn't take long for us to start to hear thunder in the distance. It didn't take long before we were engulfed in a storm. Lightning was coming down all around us. We decided it was safest for us to hunker down there instead of drive, but being on the top of that ridge with such an epic storm rolling in was a little scary. We sat in our truck with hail pounding down on our truck (which by the way ruined our paint job), and my hubby joked that we were in a Metal Death Box in Death Box Hollow Wilderness on HellsBackbone Ridge in a Hail storm. Now can you get a little crazier than that? If you didn't check out the 360 video make sure you check out the one below. The shots of the lightning are pretty epic.
2D Trailer for VR 360 Video above.
TRAIL SIGNS AT UPPER CALF CREEK FALLS
Each time I have had Google maps take me to Upper Calf Creek Falls, it says I have arrived when I am in the middle of the road and misses the last turn. You have to watch for the turn then and after you drive back into a road you are not sure is correct, all of a sudden there is a parking lot and this sign. There is no sign by the road.
Below is a 360 Degree Street View Trail at the beginning of the hike. You can see that the hike starts down a pretty steep grade down a slick rock. I was nervous when I started, but the hint is to make sure you don't lean forward or back. If you slip, you don't want any forward force. You Can see here why it is so trick to keep your look out for Cairns, for a trail is hard to see when you are just walking over a huge rock mountain.
In the 360 Street View Trail you can see there is this contrast between the white mountain rock, and what looks like black lava stones. Made me curious if there is a volcano close by.
360 Trail at Upper Calf Creek Falls
In the 360 DegreeTrail below, there is a canyon in front of me. It is hard to see from the above 360, but there is a cool arch or cave forming on the mountain right in front of me.
|Cool Cave or Arch on Upper Cave Creek Falls Trail Escalante|
ESCALANTE NATIONAL FOREST STRUGGLES FOR THE COMMUNITYBefore heading into Escalante, I had a real interesting conversation with a local that was very enlightening. Escalante is a National Forest. That means they get less money from the government. The community has struggled, for he said the local government has little to work with and much demands out of such a small amount. They have to share a machine to fix the dirt roads with somewhere that was a great distance away, and they have to deal with a lot of search and rescue here on the local dime. I don't understand all the issues here, but I did listen to the locals view that there is a challenge here to keep up such a huge amount of land for the public on such little funds.
|First View of Upper Calf Creek Falls in Escalante in the Top Right|
Utah.com link for these Falls
And here is the Alltrails info that is great for current conditions of the trail.
All Trails conditions of the trail
Above is 360 Trail Going Under a Overhang to Get to Upper Calf Creek Falls. You Can see the Falls just ahead.
|Coming Around an Overhang and Seeing Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante|
LESSONS I LEARNED FROM CAIRN'S HIKING UPPER CALF CREEK FALLS IN ESCALANTE
|Cairns To Lead You Along Calf Creek Falls Trail Escalante National Forest Utah|
I went home with a determination to find ways to have more support on a trail. I discovered an amazing system for me to keep me out of situations like that above. I first bought me an External GPS Receiver. I think EVERYONE should have one. They keep me out of danger like above. If I remember right, the Global Sat Receiver works for Android. The Dual Electronics works for Apple. The Garmin one works for both. I am currently using the
one, and I really like it, but they have been having a harder time keeping them in stock for I tell everyone they really need one of these.
|Cairns To Lead You Along Calf Creek Falls Trail Escalante National Forest Utah|
If you want to see more of this area, click on the Google Earth Link, then the little dude in the bottom corner, then any blue line or dot where you want to see more.
If you would like to see my favorite hikes in Escalante, here is a GoogleList with all my Escalante Favorites on a map.
If you liked this hike, you should pair it with some of my other
FAVORITE HIKES IN ESCALANTE
TUNNEL SLOT ESCALANTE
WAH WEEP HOO DOOS ESCALANTE
DEVILS GARDEN ESCALANTE
ZEBRA SLOT ESCALANTE
DRY FORK SLOT CANYON ESCALANTE
and PEEK A BOO
and SPOOKY GULCH
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