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5 days ago

This trail is NOT really open yet. We had to park outside the irst gate, which adds 2,5 miles onto your hike each way (bathrooms are stilllocked at the campground and everything is closed). The trail itself needs some hardcore maintanence to be done which hasnt happened this season yet. We ended up having to go over about 50 to 75 trees, some o which were in rather dangerous locations. Dogs should def not attempt this trail right now. It took us about 4.5 hours to do 11 miles. We ended up not finding the hot springs before it got to dark so we turned around at the river (about 1 mile from the campsite and trail to hot springs). Overall, I would not say this trail is by any means 'Open' in April.

My wife and I where looking for a nice trail to hike on and decided to tackle this Maxwell Falls Trail. We really loved it. This is an easy hike through the forest for anyone looking to get out and have a bit of fun.

Love this area! Packed snow the whole way to Lost Lake, spikes or snowshoes are not necessary but I did see a few folks with them on. The dirt road leading up the fork for Hessie TH and 4th of July was closed. So be sure to get here early as parking (which in general is tough usually) will have to be on the side of the road in Eldora until the dirt road reopens. Very peaceful hike and I had the lake all to myself (started the hike around 8:30am). I will definitely be back in the summer!

Took my sons dogs on this great hike . No snow . No people . Lovely & close enough to Denver

awesome hike great views totally worth it.

It's still really icy in places - we definitely needed yaktrax and/or poles to manuever some places. The falls were frozen, but parts of the stream we're thawed enough for our pup to play in. It wasn't horribly difficult, so our leisurely Sunday hike was great!

Beautiful early spring day for a hike, and a beautiful place to take one. Red sandstone monoliths contrasted nicely with green coastal shrubs, some of which were blooming. We saw a couple of dozen other hikers on this trail, and the trail is dog friendly. The views are amazing and reminded me a little of hiking in Arizona with the red sandstone contrasting with the greenery of the plant life and the bright blue dessert skies. The parking lot was flooded from recent rains, and was nearly full to capacity when we arrived-but there was also parking on the street leading into this hike. This area also appears to be popular with rock climbers and rappelers as we saw both.

Beautiful trail! The road to the trailhead is currently closed so its a .7 mile walk to it. Trail is mainly uphill and verrryy snowy. We did it in hiking boots which I don't suggest. Some points at the top of the trail we fell through thigh high snow. One of us actually fell two feet in the frozen lake. We went on a Wednesday and we only saw 1 other person. Cool abandon houses by the trail.

Really enjoyable. Great views, not too much elevation change.

Great Hike Amazing view from the top.

Good hike with solid elevation. Seemed really long on a hot day. Views are great but some high clouds blocked the ocean view for us...

Amazing hike! We did the hike in late march and while there was snow on the ground it was actually pretty warm, around 55. We were in t-shirts and so we're a lot of others. The falls is frozen until May(ish) so there isn't much to see falls wise and it's nearly impossible to find unless you know what you are looking for. Only the first part is a loop then it's and out and back to the falls. Once you are on your way back from the falls, you catch the other side of the loop. From the parking lot start on the left trail going up!Over all though amazing!

excellent trail, lots of vegetation so quite cool though there are some exposed spots. highly recommended.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a heavenly place...this place can take you there to lose your mind and find your soul

Beautiful hike! Great surrounding views of Santa Monica mountains and also the ocean on a clear day. Cool to see all the caves and also rock climbers in the distance. The 6-mile MisheMakwe loop was beautiful, but the straight hike (2miles or so) to and from Sandstone peak is also a nice tough little hike (same elevation gain as the 6 mile loop in a fraction of the distance).
Fun drive to the parking lot too haha!
Done this a few times now but there's only a mobile bathroom in the parking lot about half of the time.

I continued up to the second and third lake. It was well worth it. The meadow above the first lake was full of wildflowers. Beautiful!

snowshoeing
27 days ago

This was a great hike but it was 1.7 miles to the actual trailhead from the parking lot and after about .8 miles the snow was so deep we had to turn around. Nobody had gone beyond our turn around point... views were amazing and can’t wait to come back and do it in the summer!

The views were absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! We went right and did Mishe Mokwa first. There was continual incline but it wasn’t bad...completely doable. It was just after rain so we saw a few small waterfalls and the trail was a bit muddy in places but again doable. We went to Inspiration Point and quite frankly the views there were way more astonishing that at Sandstone Peak!!!! This has been by far my favorite hike to date!!! I recorded the hike it was 7.2 miles (including inspiration point).

Great views! A bit wet after a couple days of rain but totally doable still! My dog loved it!

Falls are still frozen. Second half of the loop was unmarked and pleasantly less crowded.

Love this trail!! Breathtaking views all the way. Prepare for an incline tho

Did slowly.. Took a left at first split straight towards Sandstone Peak. I'd rather heavy elevation gains for a shorter period & within first part of hike, than to deal with gradual, longer incline. Once you bag your peak, Inspiration Point is still another mile or 1.5 -- this map shows tintsy tiny bit of trail variance when heading from Sandstone towards Inspiration compared to my friends. No big deal. Hers showed to take trail pointing to Tri Peaks, this map has you go slightly different. Both are right & meet up w one another very quickly. Don't be surprised, after Inspiration Point, trek still another 3+ (this map I used didn't calculate actually stopping at Inspiration but it is WELL worth it if you do). If I'd planned better I would have added Tri Peaks.. The last 1/2 of hike is gradual descent but more tiring than you expect due to exertion to Sandstone. Views are stunning almost entire hike!. This would be great to take an out of towner hiker on. Better than cliche Hollywood sign or Runyon, in my opinion. Saw Channel Islands. Heavily trafficked though with not as much trail etiquette... that was only down side. Oh, and towards very end, follow map. When you get to sign that says .4 to Yerba Buena Rd or .2 to Sandstone, take that later.. that'll get you back to correct lot.

Amazing gorgeous outstanding-wild raspberries at the start of the trail.

No trax needed, couple of icy spots no mud frozen falls beautiful trail low traffic start at 9 am. First trail sign takes to cliff loop come back other way

Solid hike for spring. Definitely bring micro spikes or yak tracks as the majority of the trail is covered in either ice or a few inches of snow. No need for snow shoes in my opinion.

Parking is pretty limited. We parked next to the entrance (it said violators would be towed), but didn’t have any issues. Others were parked in the area without problems as well.

Happy hiking!

My boyfriend and I hiked this last Thursday and decided that the boot pack was good enough that we'd go without snow shoes. Mistake. We hiked for quite a while but eventually got to an area where the boot pack was non-existent and we started to sink down in waist-deep snow. We continued on for a while and tried to go up the right side of the gulch via some very slippery rock to get out of the snow, but eventually decided it was best to turn around. We LOVED this hike when we did it in the summer and would highly recommend. The lakes are spectacular.

Great views the entire way. Well maintained with a good mix between mild rock scrambling and dirt paths. I'm not a view person, but inspiration point was stunning!

Trail was snow packed, footing was good with microspikes. Probably could have gotten away with just boots, but the extra traction was nice on the uphill climb.

Was an enjoyable hike; I’m sure it’s even better when the lake isn’t frozen.

Parking is kind of sketchy, but no problem finding a spot.

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