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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 is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 875 ft Route type Loop
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As of May 27, 2020, users have reported that Part of the figure eight is closed off for revegetation. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

There is a good sized parking lot with no restrooms, no water and no trash cans. Please pack out your trash and dog waste. Dogs are required to be kept on a leash.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Evergreen for lower trail head: Take Highway 74 to the center of Evergreen. Turn right at the stoplight onto Highway 73. Go to Brook Forest Rd. and turn right. The lower trail head is encountered first on the left just past Columbine Road To access the upper trail head go past the lower trail head to Black Mountain Road. On Black Mountain Road turn left and go 1.25 miles to the upper trail head.

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Kelli Schulte
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Love Maxwell Falls but it is closed. All Arapahoe and Roosevelt Forest is. Respecting that as we all should. The park will still be there after fire danger passes.

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Zachary Adler
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Love this “walk in the woods” trail. Leaves mostly gone and no real water in the waterfall but still very enjoyable. There was a sign about being closed to the public due to a fire ban but that did not seem to deter people. Assuming it’s actually ok to be hiking here, I would recommend it and I’ll be back for a third time in a few weeks.

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Brianna Barnes
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Beautiful hike. Went on a Monday around noon and it was gorgeous. Definitely saw the dog poop bags everyone is talking about, but mostly by the trail entrance. No trash otherwise. Still quite a few people for a Monday, but I’ve been on a Friday and it was much busier. Do this trail during the week if you can, you’ll enjoy yourself much more. Had moments on the trail to myself, which was awesome. Falls weren’t flowing heavy, but just hearing the water was nice enough :)

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Shruti M
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Overall a fun hike. The water levels were low, so it might be a fun late Spring/early Summer hike to see the falls. We encountered a bear on the way back (about 15 feet away). There were doggie bags every few feet, it’s a shame people don’t pick up after their pets.

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Adrienne Oviedo
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Dylan Lee
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No waterfall more like little stream but still nice trail.

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Sara Frisk
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Great trail! Went super early in the morning. A little foggy today, so beautiful and refreshing! Only a trickle in the falls. Too much trash on the trail. Disgusting that people can’t pick up after themselves. Regardless- I love this hike!

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Mariana Marshall Kelland
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Really lovely trail. Water is very low at the moment. About 1/2 of people wearing masks on a Sunday afternoon.

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Laura Jean
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Loved this trail!!! My first time to Evergreen & I will be back!!! Nice amount of incline and optional routes.

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Terry Lavender
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Great trail. Would be better in late spring when there is more water flow.

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Peter Kent
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Michael Finnie
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Fun trail with great views and lots of large rocks to climb on. Plenty of shade and most people wearing masks. Chilly at the peak!

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Jamie Dordal
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Sheradan Jennings
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The trail was beautiful and not crowded at all but the river was mostly dried up, including the falls. Part of the trail is closed for restoration.

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Vanessa Mundorff
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Caitlin Lange
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Perfect weather for a fall hike...not too cold, just right as Goldilocks would have it!! Mingled with some of the locals and felt good to breathe that crisp fall mountain air!

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John Landwehr
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Steeper than thought it was going to be but fun, very little water at the falls

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Emily Kelly
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We love this hike! Especially in October to see the leaves change. It is not very well marked at some points though.

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Sarah Kammerdeiner
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Taylor Ready
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Late season, waterfall was not great. Overall, cool views, but not worth it if it’s not spring or when the aspens are changing

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Monique Tuisamoa
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Amazing!

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Thomas Tucker
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good hike. spotted a black bear on the trail near lower maxwell entrance

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Hien Nguyen
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Mackenzie Emery
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Natalie Pierce
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Very nice and shaded with lots of beautiful trees. It was packed and only one other person from ourselves wore a mask though.

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Cheryl Sellyei
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Allison Fountain
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Short, easy trail with nothing really special about it. The water is really low so there really wasn't an amazing waterfall. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. But if you are in the area definitely check it out!

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Jerry Pickart
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Gail Haygood
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