Upper Maxwell Falls Trail

EASY 18 reviews
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Upper Maxwell Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Shaffers Crossing, Colorado that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

waterfall

1 day ago

Easy trail. The waterfall is easy to miss when the water is frozen, and especially when it's been a dry winter. That said, I think the true attraction is the upper part of the trail, where you can have a picnic on the rock cliffs. This is a good trail for dogs; not too steep and short enough that they don't get worn out. Downsides include congestion on weekends and there was a LOT of unbagged dog poop. I guess that's common on most trails within an hour of the city, which is unfortunate. Shame on those of you who don't clean up after your pet. Forgot the bag? Doubtful. Even if you did forget the bag, wait for the next person to come along with a dog - there are plenty of them - and ask them to give you a bag. Don't just leave it there.

1 month ago

Nice, easy hike.

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2 months ago

The trails are not well marked so it's easy to get off onto other trails. Absolutely stunning area though

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5 months ago

well marked, but crowded on a holiday weekend. falls underwhelming - did not realized they were the "falls" until after we passed at first. views OK. would be good for families with kids - lots of boulders to scramble across.

hiking
5 months ago

Don't go

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike, close to Denver. There were a fair number of people, but not too crowded. The falls themselves were a bit underwhelming, but plenty of shade, and a well marked trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, moderate hike. The four year old handled it admirably. The nine year old struggled after slipping on a rock, but made it. Nice and shaded almost all the way, and the waterfall, once you find it, is a nice photo-op. Somewhat busy, but plenty of room for everyone.

5 months ago

This trail was absolutely gorgeous. The trail paralleled the waterfall, which descended down the mountain for quite a distance. The main source of the waterfall was beautiful and even had some novice climber-friendly rocks. It wasn't overly crowded with people (considering we went on a Sunday) and was only a short drive from Denver. Great for an afternoon adventure! :)

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