Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Evergreen with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiking up to the peak is beautiful, but the sawtooth from south trailhead to the peak has a lot of direct sunshine and it can get very hot. The trade off is a magnificent westward view.

backpacking
3 days ago

trail is not easy by any means but easier than your average 14er (just to give a comparison idea on the steepness). it's mostly uphill the whole way but does drop off a bit here and there for a break. be warned, to get to the campsite is almost an extra mile so the route round trip is more like 12 miles instead of 10. camping by the lake is phenomenal but be sure to bring bug spray! also keep in mind that the camping area is almost at 1200 feet so it is colder up there than expected. Our second day we had some beautiful fog and saw a moose! I was carrying about 35 lb. and others in my group were carrying about 50 lb. and we made the trip in a little under 5 hours. with a bit of preparation and knowledge of the difficulty, it is a great hike!

hiking
3 days ago

Did this trail in June. Waterfalls weren’t super impressive. We took a few wrong turns d/t lack of signage but ended up on a higher trail with beautiful mountain views. Couldn’t tell you how to get back there but THAT hike would be worth it to do again.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike, shade/sun mix.

This hike offered a quick escape from Denver heat today, but not much escape from crowds. We enjoyed the trail, but it was very crowded and of course, there was a lot of dog poop along the trail and two dogs off leash, despite someone asking the owner to leash them. I think this hike would be much better during the week; it was just too busy on a weekend.

As you can see in the recordings made by 2 users, the trail/road was closed 50 yards above the final turnoff (basically at the edge of Mt Evans Wilderness) so we had to walk from 2+ miles before the listed trail start. I passed the trail start and never saw it and continued on to the junction of the actual Grass Creek and this road we walked where there is a solitary sign labeled Grass Creek at a big meadow with hay bales. Turning right went towards Mt Evans and the Lost Creek trail. Not well signed at all and pretty hot and dry beyond about 1/2 miles from the parking lot. Grass Creek was dry so no water for the dogs. Saw about 10 people and many had dogs.

This trail gets a bad wrap here! it was actually beautiful and the signage was just fine. I counted no fewer than 5 signs directing me along the trail. and the map IS accurate. just follow it while you are walking (pull out your phone when you get to a fork in the path) and if you take a wrong turn you can easily see it on the map on AllTrails.

nice 2 hour hike, trails are not marked very well in certain areas.

Traveled with a 11 month old in a pack! Summit was breathtaking. The waterfalls are simple...not sure we found the real falls! There is a ‘creek’ area that was perfect for the little one to toddle around and throw rocks. I’d definitely recommend this trail.

good hike near denver

You will see disapointing views from others but ill just advise, this is a creek falls not waterfalls so its small. The upperfalls you will need to trek thru a creek to actually see the creek falls. Nice boulder formations surrounding it and hike itself is a nice figure 8 loop w 2 parking lots. Ive hiked this 2 times 9/2014 & 7/2018 and both times it was a great wooded hike.

Trail is not well marked for this particular route. It was beautiful but more crowded than others that are just as beautiful.

I would not recommend this trail even though I would say it provides a decent workout with some pretty scenery (nothing too special for Colorado IMHO). My boyfriend and I ended up getting lost due to the fact that the trails are unmarked. There are lots of unmarked forks you and you need to guess where you are going.

This was not a pleasant experience. We ended up walking miles more than we wanted to. All of this could have been avoided if there were signs and at least an accurate map that showed the forks.

The trailhead for the Maxwell Falls lower trail is located at: 7627 S. Brook Forest Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439

I never write online reviews for anything, but I felt compelled to write one for this hike because it was great and I almost didn’t go due to all of the negative reviews that I read on this site and others.

I hiked on a Saturday, starting at around 10 am. The parking lot was full when I arrived, but there was still plenty of parking on the side of the road to the trailhead. It was about a five minute walk from where I parked to the trailhead.

There were plenty of other hikers around, but it was not at a level that I would call overcrowded for my tastes. If you want to go on a hike where you never see another hiker, this isn’t the trail for you, but we had plenty of time on the trail where we were the only ones around.

In other posts that I read, a big deal was made about bags of dog poop lying around on the side of the trail. I observed two bags during our hike, as well as a pair of men’s boxer shorts left on the side of the trail. Other than that, the trail was clean and in good shape.

The trail was picturesque and is nice and wide in some sections. The falls were not the most impressive I’ve seen on a hike, but they were substantial enough and worth visiting. We took some nice pictures in front of the falls.

We did the loop, and somehow it seemed like it was more in the five mile range or at least greater than the 4.2 miles that was claimed. The trail is moderate, with some uphill sections, but I wouldn’t call it challenging.

From reading other websites, I understand that the falls can vary in intensity due to rain, runoff, and other environmental factors, but when we went, they were definitely worth seeing. I brought five others with me on the hike, and we all thought that it was a fun and enjoyable experience. Based on my experience, I feel that this is a much maligned trail that doesn’t deserve the negative reviews that I read. We had a great time and I’m glad that in the end, I didn’t decide to go somewhere else due to negative reviews.

The trails are well marked and beautiful scenery. This is one of my favorite trails to go on. However, I would suggest to get there early as the parking lot gets full & it’s a very popular hike.

Awesome hike .. trails not clearly marked however the views of the water fall and cliffs were breathtaking

Nice hike/run/equestrian trail with a variety of moderate work (some stiff elevation gain in the sun) with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and water features. Between the beetle kill and blow down, forest looks stressed. Friends of Mountain Evan and Lost Creek Wilderness are working hard to ensure all trails are open without having to scramble over downed trees. Long drive in, but close enough for a fine day hike in the Denver Metro region. Plenty of elk in this area if your timing is good. Recommend an early start as parking is limited.

19 days ago

Good area to hike with several different trail options. Good variety with forested areas and meadow areas with good views.

Took our dog here a couple weeks ago nice moderate hike there and then it was pretty flat walking back which I loved haha. Beautiful overall in fact my company is going to use this location for a commercial!

Perfectly moderate trail. Lots of shade and also elevation changes.. up and down a lot of variety. Good dog trail. Everyone had their pet on a leash. Loved this one

trail running
22 days ago

We saw two Bull Moose while running this! Great high elevation and uphill training run! Beautiful meadows and lots of flowers! Only downside is lots of dead trees everywhere from the old burn areas and blowdown areas. Other than that, it was great!

Awesome trail- beautiful rock formations, trees and the falls! Even though there were a lot of people there it didn't feel too crowded as we got further into the woods. Only complaint- the trail was not super clearly marked- ended up accidentally taking a different path at an unmarked intersection, but it was a beautiful detour nonetheless!

Absolutely fantastic hike! We were unsure when we took the left trail both at the split but when we made it to the waterfall we had an absolutely blast!

There is plenty of opportunity to climb up the falls and get up close and personal with the water. Definitely would recommend as we plan to come back here often!

Great spot to both hike and camp! Park at the upper falls area and hike in with all your gear. Great spots right on the cliffs.

So pretty little hike, gorgeous plants and moss. Lots of little chipmunks to spot as well.
It was fun climbing up to the falls.
But the falls are really small, not quite as big as I imagined.
You can also climb up to the cliffs and get some great views!
The only downfall of this hike is the people.
WAY too crowded, and with that comes the trash.
Pick up your trash people. PICK UP YOUR DOG POO. And when you pick up the dog poo, also pick up and pack out the bag.
It’s simple really. Future generations will never get to experience trails like these if they are covered in your litter.

Very fun hike! If feeling adventurous, you can climb some rocks and get up close and personal with the falls. Super shaded, and our dog loved it!

easy trail and a great little close hike

Nice up and down trail. Got my heart rate up and some minor technical spots. The falls area is minimal, but it's been so dry it's to be expected with Colorado. But it's still a fun area. Rocks to climb on, the creek is really nice and sounds nice. Wild raspberries. Most of the hike is shaded, so great for a hot day. Not a place for strollers, this is a real trail. Also careful of little ones climbing. Fall risk is real. And I don't know why the group of teenagers felt the need to blast Lana del Rey, but who knows? Maybe the bears a quarter mile away needed to hear it. Overall though, nice hike. Good workout. Beautiful all the way.

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