Maxwell Falls Lower Trail

MODERATE 365 reviews
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Maxwell Falls Lower Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 770 feet Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

This candy wrapper style loop trail, located near Evergreen, CO, will take you past 2 small water falls and Upper Maxwell Falls if you do the whole loop. This is a easy to moderate trail with only a minor elevation gain of 644 ft. This forested trail has two trail head options with a loop in the middle. This information is from the lower trail head parking lot. From the lower trail head the distance to Upper Maxwell Falls is about 2 miles. From the lower trail head after crossing the foot bridge stay to the left and follow the signs and the river upwards to go directly to Upper Maxwell Falls or go right to go up Cliff Loop Trail which will meet back with Maxwell Falls trail just above the falls. If you take Maxwell Falls trail first the falls will be two miles up on the left and down. Just listen for the water getting louder and keep an eye out. Its a bit hidden. You can turn back from here or continue past the falls a short way to find the Cliff Loop Trail on the right. This will take you back around to the foot bridge. Or you can go the opposite way, taking Cliff Loop Trail from the foot bridge and coming back down Maxwell Falls Trail. You will see one very small falls a bit lower on Maxwell Falls Trail and another on Cliff Trail near the foot bridge.


1 day ago

Fun trail easy walk for the kids lots of trees and if u go in the summer the waterfall Is so so


2 days ago

hiking

Go early in the season as the fall dries up by mid to late summer.


2 days ago

horseback riding

I do not recommend for horses. No knee room between trees. Scenery minimal. August so no falls. Several tricky rock slabs my horse slipped and fell. Per gps 777 ft elevation gain in first 2.2 mi around upper loop and back total 5.5 mi 1132 ft elevation gain. Either steep up or steep down rare flat areas (no rest/recovery areas) makes for a strenuous trail. Especially the first 2 miles.


3 days ago

hiking

Really good trail and not to difficulty.


7 days ago

hiking


9 days ago

Very enjoyable hike, moderate level, hard to see the falls but very beautiful


9 days ago

hiking

Not a bad trail. Worst part are all the bags of dog "waste" left along the trail. The dog owners will bag up the "waste" but not pack it out.. Come on people. There is no clean up crew that comes in after hours to pick up after you.


12 days ago

trail running

Great trail to walk or run. In summer I would go earlier, by July August the falls aren't falling (too dry).


14 days ago

hiking

Trail was great. Be careful of the tree roots. Falls was kinda of a joke...


15 days ago

Falls best during May-June. 45 min hike to falls


15 days ago

hiking

Very busy trail but fun!! Be careful you don't miss the waterfall. I saw a few people lost


15 days ago

hiking

Nice family hike. No complaints about the hike or the amount of people there. It's a quick and easy hike near the Denver Metro, so there will be a lot of people. My complaint is the growing number of these people who feel that do not need to clean up after they have bagged their dog's feces. Every other tree there is a bag of dog feces. It's quite distracting and frankly is bad dog ownership. Look, we all want to feel great and pat ourselves on the back for rescuing a dog. We all get it. However, If you don't like to carrying a bag of your own dog's sh*t, leave your obstreperous shelter pet at home. Poor dog owners aside, it's a pretty good hike for everyone.


16 days ago

Perfect trail for my dogs (1 of which is over weight). Not terribly difficult and just enough incline.


16 days ago


20 days ago

Not the best hike. It was crowded, and more difficult than we thought because if you want to actually see the falls you need do a bit of climbing. Not a lot of reward for the work. It had a few redeeming qualities, the little creeks you pass are nice. Certainly not my favorite.


21 days ago


22 days ago

hiking

Busy trail but lots of shade. Get there early for parking on the weekends. We brought our little toy poodles with us and they had their tails wagging the entire time!


23 days ago

beautiful scenery, but hard to see the waterfalls


23 days ago

Ok. Challenging but not really all that scenic- no vistas. Waterfall was ok. Probably would have liked more if it hadn't been so busy.


23 days ago

hiking

Great solo hike. The view from the top of the loop is definitely worth the trek.