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: 875 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

we did about 7 miles and went of trial, saw some animal bones. incline and decline throughout

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail. Easy for beginners and close to the city.

hiking
15 days ago

I am giving this 5-stars because it's a great/beautiful/peaceful hike that was not "busy" on the weekend at all (if you want isolation, this is not where to go). Went to see leaves turning and get some exercise close to Denver and didn't want to deal with traffic and tourists. It did not disappoint and quite varied terrain, tundra and colors. Well kept EXCEPT for those who bag their dog $#@& and don't take it off the trails with them. Walked out with FIVE bags, and I don't even have a dog at the moment... Also, be aware that most hikers apparently don't know mountain/trail etiquette so you will be constantly getting out of their way whether you have the right of way or not...

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off trail
16 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

No waterfall too late. Beautiful panoramas.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked on 9-21 (Saturday). We got their around 9 and the parking lot was starting to fill up. The trail itself was pretty nice and easy going. The falls had dried up though so there wasn’t much to see there. We had our dogs with us and they enjoyed it.

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rocky
23 days ago

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24 days ago

Probably better in the fall, when is melting and running down the mountain. More of a trickle than a fall. Still a relatively easy hike, with wide trails and nice scenery.

hiking
25 days ago

The trail were mostly well shaded. We started at 10am and the parking lost was full on a Wednesday. Temp was in the 60's at the time. The trails are mostly going on loops (eg. cliff loop and lower maxwell trail loop) but it can be very confusing because the trails were not well marked. From the lower parking lot, I say take the right trail that says "Trail" if you don't feel like doing more cardio going back to the parking lot. The unmarked trail that forks to the left is easier uphill.

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rocky
30 days ago

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rocky
1 month ago

beautiful trail and not too busy on a Friday morning. there isn't much water at the falls and they are small. but it's a nice hike along the creek, heavily shaded by trees with a well kept trail. signage was confusing though and we ended up backtracking part of the loop. there were three other groups that were just as confused as we were. I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was pretty but the falls were underwhelming even after having had rain the night before. Some good views at the top though.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail with so many loop options if you don’t want to do the whole thing; upper and lower! Although there wasn’t much of a waterfall; perhaps it was a dry spell. The creek, however, was big enough for my small puppy to take a dip and get a drink but small enough for me to jump across on the stepping stones. I recommend this trail for the shade, it’s not too rocky, and it’s length but be careful of the large boulders overlooking the creek... it’s a long way down on parts of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic views at the top. Strenuous but not exhausting. The waterfall was underwhelming. Some deer. It rained on our hike but we ducked under a rock formation and were able to wait out the storm without getting wet.

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hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike with great shade, cool breezes, nice views and not too many people. Perfect summer hiking spot!

recorded Maxwell Falls Lower Trail

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

super fun!! have to go rock climbing a bit to get to the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice shady hike. I was with my 67 y/o mother so it took us 3.3 hours to do 4.9 miles (walked down by the river a bit). There are no falls at this point.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely. Lots of little forks that made us question which way to turn only to discover they converged. Mostly shady. We tracked it at 3.9 miles and it took us 1 hour 40 mins.

hiking
1 month ago

Should be renamed Maxwell Water Feature. Other than the disappointing climax of the hike and some really chatty people the overall experience was great. Lots of ups and downs. A trail you definitely need to keep your eyes open. Day was great! Trail was well marked and maintained. I don't get why people choose to talk and talk and talk while hiking....but that's every trail I guess?!

Cool trail...pretty packed on Labor Day Sunday between 8-11 am...expected though. Waterfall is a dribble at this point...also expected.

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blowdown
1 month ago

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail overall, but not enough mountain views due to all the trees. The trees are very pretty though. The falls were pretty much nonexistent this late in the summer, but it was still pretty. We saw three deer during our hike. Lots of people with lots of children. Mileage was accurate at 4.4 miles which took us just under 4 hours (we stopped halfway to rest in our hammocks for about 30-45 minutes). This was a true moderate trail. Probably more on the easy end of moderate as there were several small children doing this trail. The first half of the trail was steep so a lot of huffing and puffing if you’re not in shape, but the second half of the loop was pretty flat most of the way (just a couple steep, slippery spots).

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rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

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