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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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A beautiful and moderate hike. We went up fairly quick even with stopping to enjoy the scenery and take photos. It gets icy in November and the trail head closes in December until spring. Once you reach the end of the trail you can walk up the ranger/ fire lookout. The stairs are steep so if you have vertigo hold the rail tight, it's worth the views. It was very windy and cold on top at 9 am on November 30th.

The halfway point seems more like 2/3 of the way up so once you hit that you're almost to the top.

We saw families with small children going up so while it is steep and not too long apparently it's not too hard either. THere are bathrooms on the top, but they were locked when we arrived.

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Nice trail with scenic views. You can tell lots of animals are around. Decently maintained in the beginning but has no defined end.

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Beaver Creek Loop Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

(Continued from prior review, which was truncated due to it's length):
Twenty-five hours after beginning the seven-mile loop at noon on a Saturday, the authors returned to the parking lot in the early afternoon Sunday.

As a result of the authors' experience, it is strongly suggested to hikers contemplating the completion of the seven-mile loop that they be well prepared for the possibility of having to retrace a large portion of the loop if stream flows on Beaver Creek make a creek crossing dangerous!

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Beaver Creek Loop Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

The Beaver Creek Loop HikingTrail area consists of two roughly parallel north/south drainages divided by a separating ridge traversed by the east/west Power Line Trail, which connects the two gorges approximately two miles upstream from the “lollipop” trailhead.

The more westerly Beaver Creek Canyon drainage is a wild untamed valley defined by steep cliffs, dramatic outcroppings, and a fast moving creek originating from a reservoir miles upstream. The easterly drainage is a less dramatic dry ‘intermittent stream” hiking trail that gently ascends to the Power Line Trail as it crisscrosses an ancient creek bed between lesser-scale cliffs and outcroppings that abound with quartz veins and mica, and iron pyrite-bearing rock.

Along Beaver Creek there are intermittent parallel poorly marked hiking trails that originate at the upstream northerly Power Line Trail Head and follow the fast-running creek downstream along its eastern flood plain or alternately high above the creek on a trail chiseled along the eastern canon wall.

There is little trail development with regard to signage or trail markings. A GPS or detailed maps are strongly suggested for hiking in this area.

Either the entire seven-mile Beaver Creek Loop or a less challenging out-and-back hike of the eastern drainage usually begin by starting north along the easy-to-hike eastern stream bed trail that follows a mostly dry wash until it intersects the Power Line Trail roughly two miles upstream from the parking area.

For hikers intending to complete the Beaver Creek Loop, turn left, or north, at the Power Line Trail marker and hike up the steep ridge. There are 900 feet of vertical rise in a little less than one mile from the beginning of the east side of the Power Line Trail head to the summit of the ridge, before the trail descends just as rapidly to the Beaver Creek drainage to the west. Trail development consists of numerous switchbacks and stone steps. There are several “false summits” at the top of the Power Line Trail, before it heads to the Beaver Creek drainage below.

The Power Line Trail switches back many times as it courses towards the alternate Beaver creek trails either along the creek flood plain or higher along the east canyon wall. It is best to follow the upper trail along the canyon wall, as it is supposed to be continuous back to the trailhead at the lollipop.

As the authors of this article discovered, this trail is not continuous and is interrupted near the return portion of the seven mile loop with the necessity to ford Beaver Creek, perhaps more than once!

The upper trail following Beaver Creek is narrow and at times steeply drops away to the fast-moving waters below. Caution is required in hiking this trail.

Approximately one-half mile from the beginning of the entire seven mile loop the upper Beaver Creek trail suddenly ends along the eastern shore of Beaver Creek where the creek courses around a monolithic sandstone outcropping more than one hundred feet high. The outcropping comes to the creek’s edge, creating the need to ford the creek in order to return to the trailhead parking lot by hiking for some unknown distance along the creek’s western bank, and possibly even having to ford the creek a second time to return to the trail on the eastern bank, the location of which was uncertain and not visible from the authors’ vantage point by the sandstone monolith at the creek’s edge.

In mid-December 2014 when the authors of this review came to the aforementioned outcropping in Beaver Creek at 5pm, just as dusk was fast approaching, it was apparent that fording fast-moving Beaver Creek in order to finish the loop hike to the parking lot was a dangerous challenge. Losing footing in the middle of an attempt to ford Beaver Creek carried great risk of hypothermia in the cold late-afternoon temperatures.

The lack of cairns or trail markings at this point in the return loop made for a difficult decision for the authors, who did not have additional clothing, food, or water sufficient for a December overnight encampment until daylight the following morning when improved visibility would allow a reassessment of options to ford the creek.

After making the decision to wait until morning to review all options, the authors had no choice but to endure a chilly twelve-hour night with insufficient clothing and provisions. The means with which to build a campfire and keep it burning throughout the long night was the single factor that saved the hungry and thirsty authors from hypothermia, overexposure, and possibly death.

When daylight broke on the second day of what was to be a five hour hike, it became clear that the only safe alternative left to the authors was to retrace the entire loop back to the Power Line Trail Head, re-traverse the ridge, and return to the authors’ vehicle without completing the loop using the trail through the intermittent stream bed of the eastern-most drainage. Twent

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Red Mountain
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Wow! Amazing hike! Great views of Glenwood and Carbondale. The road is icy in the winter but that doesn't stop anyone from hiking it! If you try, make sure you have some sort of traction device on your shoes (like Yaktrax) and ski poles help too. Climing 1700' feet in elevation is intense, so bring lots of water and don't be afraid to stop if you need a break.

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Second Creek
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

Gorgeous day in the mountains. Trail well marked and friendly people encounters.

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