Maxwell Falls Lower Trail

MODERATE 780 reviews
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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, trail running, camping, and horses 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
1010 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

river

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.

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Great hike! If you do the loop, make sure you hang a right instead of left on the back side.

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Great hike. If you have a puppy who loves to smell there are a lot of poop bags along the way. Other than that we had a blast! A few breaks but completed the hike in 2 1/2 hours and still got the chance to soak our paws in the stream at the top.

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If you are an avid nature lover this is a really good hike for you.. its not at all an easy hike specially if you are carrying a baby with you! And yes do not expect to see a great waterfall at the end of the hike but yes the natural beauty around is mesmerizing!

We enjoyed our hike today. We got there at 750 am and parked in the lot. It was a beautiful hike, not many people hiking when we were on our way up. We hiked from the lower lot, I can't imagine a mountain biker going on this trail. On our way back down we did see more people on their way up. I recommend going before 8am! Beautiful hike

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6 days ago

Favorite hike so far, about 45 mins from downtown Denver. There was parking, plenty of tree coverage, and most of the trail is along the water or you can hear the water. Gorgeous views and plenty of spots to stop and eat lunch and take a breather, if needed. Would do it again. Tons of people though.

7 days ago

Larry Davis can kiss my ass. Me and a friend were one of the parties playing a Spotify playlist because it gives us something to talk about while we're hiking and take our mind off of the calf burn. Of course you weren't man enough to complain to our faces though, because you're a beta male twat who runs his mouth in the reviews section of a trail app instead, to give yourself this smug satisfaction that you're better than someone else. Get bent!

Anyway, the trail was a blast, and everyone seemed to have a great time on it. I was impressed by the number of kids who were able to make it, because it certainly wasn't easy. Climbing down to the waterfall from the trail was a little tricky, but we managed to get down there. The trail was in good shape except for a few downed trees.

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