Immersive Upper Calf Creek Falls -Info & VR 360 Getaway for VR Headsets

Immersive VR 360 Upper Calf Creek Falls



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.

Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante, Utah Front View Great Hikes in Escalante Less Crowded then Lower Calf Creek Falls, but just as pretty.
Front View of Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante, Utah


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. 

Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante, Utah Front View Great Hikes in Escalante Less Crowded then Lower Calf Creek Falls, but just as pretty.
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.


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 that is forming across the canyon in Escalante National Park close to Boulder, Utah
Cool Cave or Arch on Upper Cave Creek Falls Trail Escalante


Before 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 the distance you can see the canyon it is falling into and the White boulder Mountains surrounding the  are in Escalante Nataional Park in Utah by Boulder
First View of Upper Calf Creek Falls in Escalante in the Top Right 
Here is the website with GPS locations of the hike if you are a GPS coordinates guy. 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 Just Ahead Escalante Nataional Monument
Coming Around an Overhang and Seeing Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante


Cairns To Lead You Along Calf Creek Falls Trail Escalante National Forest Utah
Cairns To Lead You Along Calf Creek Falls Trail Escalante National Forest Utah

I have to say that I really enjoy hiking where you have to navigate from Cairn to Cairn.  It is like a scavenger hunt where you have to search from one Cairn to the next to know the path you should follow .  I started this hike with a sense of gratitude for the Cairns ( Holy Ghost) for they gave such great directions of which ways to go.  Of course as I was proudly thinking about how good I was doing listening to the Holy Ghost ( following Cairns) and I was deceived by some fake Cairns.  Being in a definite sense of being lost, I prayed for help.  Thankfully when we find ourselves off the path the Lord has giving us many tools to return to the path.  For me Google was amazing, pulling through and getting me back safely. I had marked my parking spot on my Google Maps, and it was a constant direction of where I needed to end up in the end.  Today I am Thankful for the lesson learned.  I am thankful for the closeness and connection I felt with the Lord and my Dad on this hike.  I am grateful to be alive, for while I was lost I never doubted the general direction I needed to go, so I never felt too scared, but I knew that because I was not on the correct path my chances of hitting danger would increase.  I was doing pretty good when I stepped on a bolder that seemed extremely strong.  It came loose from the mountain and started a little Rock slide with me in the middle.  Luckily we all stopped before the steeper part right below me, but I have to say it took a little while for my heart to slow down to normal.

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

Garmin GLO 2 Bluetooth GPS Receiver $99 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.   

Then I have 2 apps on my phone.  First a Blue Tooth GPS app, and Second a Gaia GPS app.  These together with some extra External batteries are such amazing tools for the trail.  I also usually download Google Maps and have that also as a back up.  This is such a great resource to have while hiking.
Cairns To Lead You Along Calf Creek Falls Trail Escalante National Forest Utah
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.

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