Maxwell Falls Lower Trail

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Maxwell Falls Lower Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
882 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

This candy wrapper style loop trail will take you past 2 small waterfalls and Upper Maxwell Falls if you do the whole loop. 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 trailhead the distance to Upper Maxwell Falls is about 2 miles. From the lower trailhead 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. It's 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.

4 days ago

Great trail. Gives you all types of scenery to enjoy.

Nice trail for a quick afternoon hike. Went in December, some snow and ice in shady areas. Not too crowded.

13 days ago

Wonderful trail through the woods

21 days ago

Snow covered but easy passage. Wore gators but not needed. Nice peaceful wooded trail. Good way to spend Xmas day.

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1 month ago

Little snow but still really good traction

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1 month ago

Busy, but a lot of wild life and good views!

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1 month ago

I highly recommend this trail for spotting wildlife. On this trip alone, I spotted a red fox, various birds and squirrels, and mountain lion tracks

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1 month ago

very busy trail

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1 month ago

Nice moderate hike.Beautiful CO day! Visiting from OKC seeing our daughter, son-in law who live in Denver and our grandson. Great views in particular at the end plus crossed a bridge over not so trouble waters!!

1 month ago

Good hike within away reach. Springtime is likely a better time to go. The falls were not much to see in November. You walk beside a small creek and through tall timber’s. Peaceful.

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1 month ago

Nice hike. We went on Thanksgiving day and it was pretty busy. Nice hike through tall timbers. A gradual incline but still a challenge for us who were still adjusting to elevation The trail was a dirt trail with rocks and roots, some fallen trees and several doggy doo doo bags.

2 months ago

We took our 6 year old grandson today there were a couple of icy patches but enjoyed the hike. Not much water flowing from the Falls.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail through the forest. Would be a great summer trail as there is lots of tree cover. We did the loop, most people seemed to take the same way back as it is definitely more scenic but we had the trail pretty much to ourself on the way back. Great dog friendly hike!

2 months ago

Great views. It was so nice to listen to the water along the hike. Heavily trafficked though which can be a bother sometimes.

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2 months ago

Nice trail, shaded and constant water source for dogs. At the top you can take the cliff loop for nice scenery above the trees. Well populated.

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2 months ago

Firmly a Moderate hike that has easy to hard stretches with parts zig-zagging upwards at a decent pace. Sea Level Floridians take heed, don’t try your first day in Colorado! And drink water!

2 months ago

Fun little trail with hardly any people.

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3 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Didn’t cross paths with anyone else since its later in the season and a week day. Water running alongside the great majority of the trail makes for a nice peaceful, leisurely hike.

Great hike! Beautiful pine forest.

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3 months ago

My daughters and I did this hike with my daughters small dog on 10.7.17. We headed out about 10 am and found a parking spot along the road. The trail starts out fairly easy and is mostly wooded. The trail is compacted dirt and some rocky parts and the occasional roots. It's pretty easy to follow despite the lack of trail markings. It climbs at a steady pace, nothing strenuous. There is a place where the trail branches off just after the bridge to the cliff loop trail, keep right to go to the falls. It took us about an hour and twenty minutes to get to the waterfall at a leisurely pace. When we arrived at the falls there were about a dozen people or so. We spent some time taking photos and had lunch. By the time we left, there were people every where! We decided to take the cliff loop trail back down. We couldn't find any trail markings for it but happened upon it after seeing some hikers by chance. The views from the cliffs were amazing. when getting back to the creek make sure to go to the left to get back to the bridge to him back up with the Maxwell falls trail. We ran into very few people on the cliff loop trail, but tons of people the remainder of the way down.

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