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.
dogs on leash
This candy wrapper style loop trail, located near Evergreen, CO, will take you past 2 small water falls and Upper Maxwell Falls if you do the whole loop. This is a easy to moderate trail with only a minor elevation gain of 644 ft. 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 trail head the distance to Upper Maxwell Falls is about 2 miles. From the lower trail head 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. Its 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.
A great hike with up and down hill variations but disappointed because we couldn't find the waterfall and thinking we may have to go back in the spring when there has been more rain
Best to do it later in spring and summer
Still some icy patches, but overall a nice little trail.
Some ice at the beginning but pretty clear for being in March. Great scenery and you have another trail to branch from if you have time to spare.