Maxwell Falls Lower Trail

#1 of 108 trails in Arapaho National Forest
Maxwell Falls Lower Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 770 feet Loop
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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.

Lizzay Godoy
6 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

This was a pretty good hike! The trail was still snow/slush covered but it was doable since this trail wasn't very steep. The view of the falls was really neat and there's a lot of green! We did the entire loop and it took about 3 hours with our dog. The only downside about this trail was the parking. The earlier you get there, the better your chances of parking in that lot that holds about 6 cars. Otherwise, street parking is your best choice.

Haley Baker
6 days ago

12 Completed7 Reviews

This was a great hike! It was still very snow covered, so our traction was definitely necessary, but beautiful and not too crowded for a Saturday at 9 am. On our way back down it was definitely more popular, and people had to park on the side of the road, so get there early!

Kelsey B.
21 days ago

This trail was fun took us about 3 hours with a couple breaks to enjoy the views, have snacks, sneak a potty break and what not. We took the cliff loop and man was it green up there! Absolutely stunning vivid greens.

As of 4/9/16 there was still quite a bit of ice and slush on this trail so bring some shoes with decent traction or even some walking spikes.

This trail is no secret so try to get there early for a decent parking space. We arrived at 1230 and had to walk pretty far just to the trail entrance. Very dog friendly.

Anthony Clark
22 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Adam Ragsdale
25 days ago

12 Completed2 Reviews

Nice trail, mostly thru forest along the creek. Modest views, but definitely feels much further from Denver than it is. Still mostly snow packed as of 4/3/16. You'll be happier if you're wearing spikes.

Jen Larson
27 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Kevin Hunt
28 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Josh Murphy
1 month ago

10 Completed0 Reviews

Great little trail about 40 minutes away from Denver. Great views of the waterfall from either TH and generally a very easy hike.

Pros: Location, ease of hiking/elevation gains, dogs allowed, camping in some areas, plenty of parking around

Cons: Very crowded (almost any season but dead of winter), some people don't keep dogs on a leash, if camping get there early and keep plenty of flashlights on you (went one time here to go camping, some locals ended up sneaking up to our campsite to either scare us or rob us, but luckily we caught them and scared them off).

Daniel Nelson
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

great for a day hike but we wanted to camp.. so not the best for camping way to many people walked by.. the trails had a lot of ice and it's March so be careful for that. really pretty though.

Sara Graham
1 month ago

24 Completed0 Reviews

Great hike for June!

Jason Schwarz
1 month ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Nice stroll in the woods. The trail is snow-packed and icy most of the way up. Bring your yak tracks for a more enjoyable day.

Eric FitzGerald
1 month ago

14 Completed0 Reviews

Falls are snowed over

Amanda Knowles
2 months ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

So beautiful. Definitely will revisit soon!

Boyd Kirk
2 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Frank Franky
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

such a beautiful place, enjoyed a lot -)

Nick Figeac
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Went jan 23 around noon. Mostly snow packed, recommend bringing snow spikes. My only issue is the irresponsible dog owners that come. There was a sign at the trail head that says "there is no poop fairy, do not leave dog bags" and under the sign was at least a dozen bags. I took my dog with me on the trail, it's really easy to keep your dog on leash and take their poop bag to the gas station two miles down the road. If you don't want to deal with your dogs poop then leave the dog at home. It wouldn't surprise me if they don't allow dogs at this trail anymore.

Shannon Walker
3 months ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

we did this with a 7yo and a 5yo. we didn't finish the loop, made it to the top of the hill and came back down. a lot of snow pack made it a bit slippery on the steep parts. adults had harder time than kids. beautiful trail. look forward to doing the whole thing in the summer.

Valerie Leal
3 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

WHO: Parents + 3 year old + 1 year old
WHEN: 1/15/2016

Still a little snow packed and rough for the kids but enjoyable none the less. If we would have had spikes this would have been great. So we only completed about .5 miles of it.

One thing we loved about this trail is how quiet it was. We really felt tucked away in this forrest. We didnt see a single person and only heard the birds and a few other critters around.

Cant wait to go back and tackle again in the Spring.

Kalab Stowers
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Did this hike Dec 4th. sunny and 45. still an awesome hike. definitely moderate. will do again