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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail

Evergreen, CO

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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.

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Beaver Brook /Chavez trail loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great on a hot day- most of the hike is through the surrounding woods of a small stream which you cross over at many points further into the hike. Great for dogs, but narrow at times

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Potato Lake Trail
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18 Completed 6 Reviews

This is the same Trail and Destination as the "Spud Lake Trail".
(Here is my Review posted for "Spud Lake Trail")
This is a very nice Quick / Short Hike, which serves as a good High Altitude "Intro Hike" for those not used to the thinner 9500+ air. The moderate altitude gain is spread throughout the trail, most of which is shaded but with interesting views of the surrounding Aspens as well as numerous Beaver Ponds and the exposed granite of Spud Hill and the Twilight Peaks. The destination - Spud Lake - is of decent size and very picturesque, with a 15-20min trail circumnavigating it. There are a number of primitive dispersed picnic / camping spots with crude fire rings. And the lake is deep enough, and fresh enough, to entice most hikers into the water. (This hike is also a reasonable destination during the Summer Monsoon weather, as it has no exposed ridgelines to worry about lightning or high winds.)

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Pass Trail to Engineer Mtn Trail
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18 Completed 6 Reviews

Pass Trail is the most popular route - Hike or Bike - up to the Meadows near the Junction of the Pass and Engineer Mountain Trails (and the scramble to the Summit of Engineer Mountain). There is substantial Parking a short way in along a Dirt Road across from and just a bit North of the Coal Bank Pass Pullout (with its Bathroom facilities) - but even this can get a bit crowded on good Summer Weekends. The first 2/3rds of the Trail is Tree-covered good-quality Single-track (with a few Snowbanks tucked alongside the Trail lasting well into June). The last 1/3rd traverses Open Meadows bathed in Wildflowers throughout most of the Summer and even into Autumn. The views from this upper portion include Engineer and Grand Turk and Sultan Mountains plus Snowdon and Twilight and even peeks of the West Needle Mountains across the other side of the Lime Creek drainage. If one still has Time and Energy, Pass Trail can be included as part of several different Loop or Shuttle Hikes.

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Flat Tops Wilderness Lakes
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30 Completed 4 Reviews

The Flat Tops are a vast wilderness with multiple trails and access points. I will cover access from Yampa. Take the road to Cold Springs Campground at Stillwater Reservoir. There is a nice short trail north to Smith Lake. For an extensive trail - overnight - take the trail south from Stillwater Reservoir and cut left to Edge Lake once on the Plateau - the hike to the plateau is quite steep. The trail is beautiful and provides access to Flat Top Mountain (12345') - the Flat Top Mountain cairn is depicted in the picture as is Edge Lake in another picture. Be prepared, the weather can change dramatically and with little warning. This is all high altitude hiking above 3000 meters. I hid a bottle of Jack Daniels in a stand of Aspen southeast of Edge Lake in 1997 - it's probably still there.

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Windsor Lake
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19 Completed 10 Reviews

Short hike, but it is a rather vertical incline. I enjoyed it and the lake at the top obviously makes it totally worth the calf workout.

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Handies Peak
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49 Completed 12 Reviews

Great hike. Made it to American basin in a Kia shortage with no problem. 3.5 hrs round trip.

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Boulder Canyon / Creek Trails
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

I don't think this trail is boring at all! You just have to appreciate it for what it is- I use it for a local walk/run when I either don't have the time a long strenuous hike or if I'm just looking for an evening stroll. Sure, it's close to town and along the road, but it's surrounded by beautiful rock, separated from the road by a gurgling river, and just yesterday, during just a twenty minute walk, I saw a dozen grazing Mule Deer, a Hummingbird Moth, a Wolf Spider (or similar, I'm no expert)- and I spent my time sitting on a large boulder by the water reading my newest book. I call that a good time :).

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Eagle Lake Trail
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19 Completed 1 Reviews

Just completed today 9-17-14. Trail was well marked. Good weather and the trees were beginning to change. Stayed over night at the lake. First half is easy. Second half is a bear.

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Gill Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I don't recommend the middle third of Cheesman Canyon Trail to anyone! It is steep and full of loose gravel. Some areas have VERY narrow footing full of loose gravel on very steep rocky paths. I was truly terrified and have cuts and abrasions from hugging the hillside. A fall at one of these locations would be quite serious. The first third from the upper parking lot was safe and stunning but I would not recommend travel across the middle third. I didn't see the last third (the Gill portion) because we took the path up and over the mountains to the lower parking lot. It was safe but rigorous - took 2 hours.

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Beaver Brook /Chavez trail loop
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7 Completed 6 Reviews

The scenery was very nice, very woody and the water made the landscape very rich; I particularly liked all the mushrooms and the smell they generated. However, if you plan to do the loop that is one half on Beaver Brook and one half on Chavez, be aware that the marking is confusing and easy to miss, which we did and continued for a while on Beaver Brook until we crossed the brook and realized something was wrong. Regardless it was a great outing and so close to Denver, a nice treat.

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