Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wonderful, easy to moderate hike! Falls are small but beautiful. Great for my pup as nothing difficult and not too long! Perfect for a short morning or afternoon hike!

Amazing hike! The views were beautiful and we even got to see some deer along the trail!

Really nice loop and super close to Breck.

Went in 3.3 mi on May 17 -- conditions good with some snow patches and postholing but easy enough. The creek crossing at ~2.7 mi in was challenging though.

Great place to hike without having to make a valiant climb to reach a summit. Undulates for most of the way, with occasional rough footing but nothing that a novice hiker would be unable to accomplish. The view was great despite the moderate elevation and hiking next to the creek gives a good “naturalistic” feel. Great Frisco hike, conveniently located.

more of a set of Meandering footpaths than a hiking trail. crocus and little yellow and blue flowers in bloom. This is more of a neighborhood stroll, goes through folks backyards depending on the route you take. if you do not have a good sense of direction, make a note of which forks you take as it can get confusing on the way back. mostly exposed so bring a hat and sunscreen and water. Could be nice for running on your long run day. not much elevation gain, pretty wide vistas. goes through mostly Meadows in the beginning.

the ridge is the best.. I did grays to Torres then down climbed the ridge super fun specially with all the snow up top and post holing on the way back :)) but hey who needs gear

Nice trail and enjoyed the falls. The only thing missing were nice vista views

13 days ago

Awesome trail during the week! Little to no traffic and great picnic spots!

13 days ago

Trail was a little difficult to follow and there is s bunch of trash from people shooting their guns.

Went up 5/5/18, arrived around 1pm, the trail mostly dry with the occasional patches of snow at first. About 2 miles up you’ll see significantly more snow and might want to consider poles for stability, however we made it up just fine no yak traks or poles. Eventually the snow fall is too much and you’ll loose the trail, you can’t continue up to Gore Range. Easy to moderate hike, only two hours at most if you take your time and maybe detour a bit. Trail follows the river majority of the time, plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the views. Moderately trafficked, we only saw a hand full of people on the trail however the parking lot is small so it fills up fast. Great for all skill ranges and ages.

Decent trail length (4.2 miles) and incline. We started the hike Sunday morning at 9 am and the parking lot was already filling up, but the trail wasn’t too crowded yet. The falls are still partially frozen with water flowing underneath the ice. There are great views from the Cliff Overlook trail, but there are places where the trail is a bit confusing and not clearly marked. I recommend getting an early start (9 or earlier) before the crowds show up. It took us about 2.5 hours with a small snack break in the middle.

I loved this trail .. it was a awesome starter trail. I have only hiked a few times but this one wasn’t to hard and it was very easy to follow the trails !

The mud starts around where the trails meet. Mud continues on Horseshoe Gulch, the Colorado Trail is nice for a little ways and then there is untracked snow on trail, didn’t make it very far. Knee boots or gaiters and you should be fine.

Maybe give this trail a couple weeks or be ready for some muddy tracks. :-)

Snow is deep about 2 miles up. Already some dry sun drenched campsites around 1.5 miles.

My doggo and I really enjoyed this trail. There are sections of the trail that open up nicely and are pretty wide, was very relaxing to walk through on a Tuesday afternoon. The falls are still frozen, can’t wait for summer so I can see it flowing. Happy to have found this trail.

Husband and I with our pup hiked this trail. Very enjoyable. The falls are melting some and the streams are fun for our dog.

The falls were still frozen today, but no snow on the trail at all! There isn’t a trash at the trailhead, so be prepared to pack your dog poop out! There were so many dog poop bags along the side of the trail that people just left. It was VERY busy (Sunday).

a great hike close to denver! be ready to hike - pretty much the whole way to the falls is uphill. it’s worth it though, the forrest is beautiful. the falls are still frozen, i can’t imagine how beautiful they’ll be in the summer!

Nice hike if you’re looking to stay close to Denver. Pretty easy difficulty wise if you are an active person, with parts that will get your HR up. Not much for overlook views, but great scenery. VERY BUSY trail on the weekends with ALOT of dogs, many of which are off leash.

Good hike, I would say it’s a little more difficult than “moderate”, lots of incline. Not much for sure views.

24 days ago

Great hike! Good workout, cold up top though!! Needed gloves. Dog friendly.

24 days ago

Love this hike!! I’ve done it twice this spring already. Just waiting for the summer so the waterfall starts flowing

There wasn’t much to see when it came to the waterfalls. It was really just a creek. It was a nice hike for exercising and some really pretty views.

Perfect trail for dogs. Easy hike with nice forrest views. Spots of snow and sometimes muddy trail - not enough to bother me though.

1 month ago

This review is for the walk up Steven's Gulch Road from i70 to the summer trailhead for Gray's Peak (which shares the first portion of this trail). Due to how deep the snow was, I did not follow the trail shown here but stayed on Steven's Gulch Road. I clocked it at closer to 6 miles RT. Would suck in the summer with all the vehicle traffic but it ROCKS in the winter. Within the first half mile or so, the road became inaccessible to all vehicles (saw a few people stuck) so it becomes a great hiking trail.

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.

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

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!

cross country skiing
1 month ago

For XC skiing (not at a resort) after the snow melts elsewhere, where else can you go? Gentle trail and good for beginners. Went with a 7 year old who found it easy. It seems preferable to glide on skis instead of having to walk on snowshoes.

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