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As a trail runner, I found Meadowlark to be awesome - a nice variety of shade & sun, not too steep and technically easy. When you get to Plymouth Creek portion, however, this is more of a washout than a trail. huge boulders, giant steep steps. I walked up and down it due to how difficult it is. It's a good workout but pretty unpleasant if you're trying to run. I didn't get through the full 2nd loop but found the early stages (turning left off Plymouth Creek as soon as I could) to be lovely. I will try it again but will have low expectations on speed. It got pretty busy by 8:30a so it's a good morning route.

nature trips
20 hours ago

Went mushroom foraging here. Beautiful, lots of safe. trails poorly marked.

hiking
1 day ago

Did this trail in June. Waterfalls weren’t super impressive. We took a few wrong turns d/t lack of signage but ended up on a higher trail with beautiful mountain views. Couldn’t tell you how to get back there but THAT hike would be worth it to do again.

One of my favorites especially in the fall. Beautiful grove of aspens toward the top.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice hike, shade/sun mix.

This hike offered a quick escape from Denver heat today, but not much escape from crowds. We enjoyed the trail, but it was very crowded and of course, there was a lot of dog poop along the trail and two dogs off leash, despite someone asking the owner to leash them. I think this hike would be much better during the week; it was just too busy on a weekend.

cougar was sighted at base of grizzly drive after an evening hike. other than that trails are in great shape and the creek is running.

Good hike. Would like to crest the peak next time

This trail gets a bad wrap here! it was actually beautiful and the signage was just fine. I counted no fewer than 5 signs directing me along the trail. and the map IS accurate. just follow it while you are walking (pull out your phone when you get to a fork in the path) and if you take a wrong turn you can easily see it on the map on AllTrails.

nice 2 hour hike, trails are not marked very well in certain areas.

Traveled with a 11 month old in a pack! Summit was breathtaking. The waterfalls are simple...not sure we found the real falls! There is a ‘creek’ area that was perfect for the little one to toddle around and throw rocks. I’d definitely recommend this trail.

trail running
12 days ago

This a a great trail for running on a weekday.

good hike near denver

You will see disapointing views from others but ill just advise, this is a creek falls not waterfalls so its small. The upperfalls you will need to trek thru a creek to actually see the creek falls. Nice boulder formations surrounding it and hike itself is a nice figure 8 loop w 2 parking lots. Ive hiked this 2 times 9/2014 & 7/2018 and both times it was a great wooded hike.

Trail is not well marked for this particular route. It was beautiful but more crowded than others that are just as beautiful.

I would not recommend this trail even though I would say it provides a decent workout with some pretty scenery (nothing too special for Colorado IMHO). My boyfriend and I ended up getting lost due to the fact that the trails are unmarked. There are lots of unmarked forks you and you need to guess where you are going.

This was not a pleasant experience. We ended up walking miles more than we wanted to. All of this could have been avoided if there were signs and at least an accurate map that showed the forks.

The trailhead for the Maxwell Falls lower trail is located at: 7627 S. Brook Forest Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439

I never write online reviews for anything, but I felt compelled to write one for this hike because it was great and I almost didn’t go due to all of the negative reviews that I read on this site and others.

I hiked on a Saturday, starting at around 10 am. The parking lot was full when I arrived, but there was still plenty of parking on the side of the road to the trailhead. It was about a five minute walk from where I parked to the trailhead.

There were plenty of other hikers around, but it was not at a level that I would call overcrowded for my tastes. If you want to go on a hike where you never see another hiker, this isn’t the trail for you, but we had plenty of time on the trail where we were the only ones around.

In other posts that I read, a big deal was made about bags of dog poop lying around on the side of the trail. I observed two bags during our hike, as well as a pair of men’s boxer shorts left on the side of the trail. Other than that, the trail was clean and in good shape.

The trail was picturesque and is nice and wide in some sections. The falls were not the most impressive I’ve seen on a hike, but they were substantial enough and worth visiting. We took some nice pictures in front of the falls.

We did the loop, and somehow it seemed like it was more in the five mile range or at least greater than the 4.2 miles that was claimed. The trail is moderate, with some uphill sections, but I wouldn’t call it challenging.

From reading other websites, I understand that the falls can vary in intensity due to rain, runoff, and other environmental factors, but when we went, they were definitely worth seeing. I brought five others with me on the hike, and we all thought that it was a fun and enjoyable experience. Based on my experience, I feel that this is a much maligned trail that doesn’t deserve the negative reviews that I read. We had a great time and I’m glad that in the end, I didn’t decide to go somewhere else due to negative reviews.

Awesome hike .. trails not clearly marked however the views of the water fall and cliffs were breathtaking

hiking
16 days ago

We did this Monday 7-30-18. Beautiful hike, good climb at the start if you go to the left and do Blackbear first. Appreciate the signage at the top! Will likely go back once the Aspens start to change color.

We didn't have service to refer to the map, and it isn't marked well on the provided paper map. We ended up following Burro Trail the wrong way, oops. We want to go back & find the lake! Regardless, beautiful and not too crowded.

We loved this hike! The different terrain types ranging from the deep forest feel to the open, arid desert parts. It sprinkled briefly on our way back but didn’t ruin the experience. We also took the quick out and back on the scenic view trail to have some lunch and enjoy the views. The hike’s difficulty is accurate.

nice easy trail for out of town visitors, pretty area. just kind of a bummer to be so close to the highway for half the hike.

Headed out about 5 pm on a Sunday. Saw a few hikers but mostly on our own. My 2nd hike since moving here and really enjoyed it. Was a little leery of the moderate label, but it wasn’t too much - although steady incline throughout and definitely a workout for me. We hiked to Greenfield Meadow and back. Would’ve been perfect if the stream had water, but still a nice peaceful hike. Will do this one again.

Took our dog here a couple weeks ago nice moderate hike there and then it was pretty flat walking back which I loved haha. Beautiful overall in fact my company is going to use this location for a commercial!

Went counter clockwise on this trail starting on the mule path through forgotten valley and then linking up with the mountain lion trail and included the offshoot to Windy peak. It was a nice slow incline at the start. After the meadow the incline increased more rapidly with short respites and wooded shade area which continued through to Windy peak. On the way down there were small rocks on the trail and the path switched back and forth. There was much less shade coverage until the last mile. Once you hit the shade there is another small incline before you hit the home stretch which was upsetting to all of us. It was a decent challenging hike with a beautiful reward at the top. My hunting dog absolutely loved this trail and we brought a lot of water for him.

Perfectly moderate trail. Lots of shade and also elevation changes.. up and down a lot of variety. Good dog trail. Everyone had their pet on a leash. Loved this one

Awesome trail- beautiful rock formations, trees and the falls! Even though there were a lot of people there it didn't feel too crowded as we got further into the woods. Only complaint- the trail was not super clearly marked- ended up accidentally taking a different path at an unmarked intersection, but it was a beautiful detour nonetheless!

Absolutely fantastic hike! We were unsure when we took the left trail both at the split but when we made it to the waterfall we had an absolutely blast!

There is plenty of opportunity to climb up the falls and get up close and personal with the water. Definitely would recommend as we plan to come back here often!

The wildflowers and aspens along the trail were beautiful! Remember you need a state park pass for this one.

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