The landscape turned dusty and dry and the juniper smaller and sparser as we drove the final few miles to the intersection with Hwy 12. We took a right back towards Calf Creek and Escalante. This is the section of road, just south of Boulder, that is known as “The Hogsback”.
Before we got to the narrow section, we noticed a pullout that led to a parking area with a few cars. Like a good tourist, I pulled in to see whatsup. It turned out to be the parking area for the Upper Calf Creek Falls Trail. It was quite warm out as I wandered over to where the trail drops onto the slickrock. There was the box where you sign in and out of the trail and a tablet that reminded “Desert Canyons Don’t Care”, words that I would ponder later on.