Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail

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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 trail map has been added to the photos.

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.

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

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A good hike. It is quite busy. If you go there during the weekends I'd recommend early to mid-afternoon. Otherwise the parking lot will likely be full and you'll have to park on the side of the road. Can't really say anything other reviewers haven't already noted. These are the coordinates for the trail:

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There is in fact a water fall. I climbed down to it and took pictures to prove it. It is down below the trail and hard to see but if you are listening you can hear the water get louder. Upper Maxwell Falls is at least 15 ft and is tiered into two sections. Its quite pretty. The trail itself is nice. It must have rained overnight because the ground was moist and the forest smelled wonderful. I arrived around 8 am on Saturday to find only a few cars parked. On my way down it was like watching a line from Disneyland. There were so many people. The trail was not to difficult. It didn't just go straight up but would go up and down giving people a chance to catch their breath. The only thing wrong with this trail was all the people that dont pack out their dogie bags. Seriously people, dont be lazy and ruin it for others. Also, the GPS point was off and takes you past the trail head parking lot. I fixed that. Its on the left and a little hidden but at least the GPS point is correct now.

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Sounds like there's going to be an actual waterfall, there's not. That's kind-of disappointing

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Nice enough walk through the woods.. Not really a waterfall per se-more a brook running through rocks. Very crowded, might keep this one to weekdays.

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Nice and quick hike close to Denver. Nothing to spectacular with regard to views, and the waterfall is not grand and spectacular by any means, but nonetheless enjoyable hike on a nice day. For more photos, visit http://www.ohnophoto.com/maxwell-falls/

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10 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice hike, did it back in October 2013. Lots of traffic. Love dogs, but everyone need to pack out their dog crap and not leaving behind bags of it everywhere.

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice creek hike. Easy to moderate. Waterfalls are a bit of a disappointment.

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This was a good in and out hike to the falls. The elevation change if not large but there are several time when the trail hit the top and you have to follow the trail up again. I have heard of crazy crowds so I decided to go during the afternoon and on a weekday. The trail was perfect. I got to meet some people along the way but no trains of people. It was fun to climb around the falls because the falls are surrounded by boulders.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

The directions to this location aren't great and we ended up at the upper trailhead which is only about a 10 minute hike from the falls. Pretty hike, but I'm surprised by how highly rated it is on here.

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9 Completed 9 Reviews

Good hike, great for children. super easy. Only bad thing was that campers/hikers did not pick up there trash, it is really sad how much trash we saw along the trail.

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