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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.

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.

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7 days ago

So beautiful! One of my favorite Alpine lakes now. Can’t beat that turquoise water with a mountain backdrop. The road was a little bumpy to the trailhead, but not as bad as I anticipated. My car made it just fine. Lots of cattle on the trail and I saw a terrified adolescent bear cub. Made me kinda sad at how scared he was. :(

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.

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.

Last couple of miles to trailhead were uphill, unpaved and rocky with lots of potholes Trailhead is well marked and there is a parking lot. When we arrived, there were lots of cows all around the start of the hike—lots of cows=lots of cow pies. Long hike to get to lake—we never made it. We stopped an hour in when we passed other hikers who said it was another 1 1/2 hours to the lake. There were some pretty vistas along the way. Was a cloudy, drizzling day so views could have been even better.

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

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!

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!

Great spot to both hike and camp! Park at the upper falls area and hike in with all your gear. Great spots right on the cliffs.

Consistent pitch for hiking up and down. Not to strenuous. Hiked up past upper lake and then reversed course. GPS had hike back/forth at 9.5 miles which took 3:30 to complete

So pretty little hike, gorgeous plants and moss. Lots of little chipmunks to spot as well.
It was fun climbing up to the falls.
But the falls are really small, not quite as big as I imagined.
You can also climb up to the cliffs and get some great views!
The only downfall of this hike is the people.
WAY too crowded, and with that comes the trash.
Pick up your trash people. PICK UP YOUR DOG POO. And when you pick up the dog poo, also pick up and pack out the bag.
It’s simple really. Future generations will never get to experience trails like these if they are covered in your litter.

Very fun hike! If feeling adventurous, you can climb some rocks and get up close and personal with the falls. Super shaded, and our dog loved it!

easy trail and a great little close hike

did it yesterday. love it!! lakes are refreshing after a long hot hike.

Nice up and down trail. Got my heart rate up and some minor technical spots. The falls area is minimal, but it's been so dry it's to be expected with Colorado. But it's still a fun area. Rocks to climb on, the creek is really nice and sounds nice. Wild raspberries. Most of the hike is shaded, so great for a hot day. Not a place for strollers, this is a real trail. Also careful of little ones climbing. Fall risk is real. And I don't know why the group of teenagers felt the need to blast Lana del Rey, but who knows? Maybe the bears a quarter mile away needed to hear it. Overall though, nice hike. Good workout. Beautiful all the way.

Nice hike but it was very warm on Saturday even at those altitudes. Not much if a waterfall this time of year.

Gorgeous scenery/views, opportunities to climb boulders, and several streams and some small waterfalls. It was awesome. People really need to stop leaving bags of dog poo around, though; there’s bags everywhere! It’s littering and definitely not ok. But other than that, a great trail! It’s tough though, lots of rocky, uphill terrain. Great workout!

I went on this hike for the "waterfall" and I don't even get how that is considered a waterfall, I could make a better one in my backyard with a hose.

Beautiful morning hike. Loved the sun playing peak-a-boo through the trees. Water is really low right now so not a lot of water on the falls.

Great for running, or for an intro to Colorado trails. Definitely evidence of higher traffic, but great on a weekday. Very close to a beautiful lake in Evergreen. Nice to have a creek running alongside the trails for the dogs to cool off in.

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