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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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Lyle/Mormon Lakes Trail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Here was our schedule for the hike:
Drive 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Hike up 2:30 to 4
Hike down 4 to 5
Drive down 5 to 6:40

Our house in Basalt is right by the Whole Foods, so plan on a 2 hour drive from there.

Sept 23, 2014- high in basalt was low 70s, when we arrived at the site the temp was 52, when we left it was 57. Dress in layers and bring ear muffs if you get cold easily. It was coldest up by the lake. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

The way up is definitely harder. It's almost all uphill and the elevation begins at 10,800 so if you aren't used to it, you will definitely feel it. Take it slow like we definitely did and you will be fine.

We didn't have our hiking boots with us on this trip and we were mostly fine. The benefits of hiking boots would have been: (1) you cross the stream and it's pretty muddy so a waterproof shoe would have been nice. (2) on the climb down from the second lake, it would have been nice to have hiking boots to prevent the toe crunch. Other than that it's a hike that's totally doable in tennis shoes.
The second lake is supposedly only 1/4 mile from the first but it's extremely steep and we didn't find the trail that was supposed to be there. That hike to the second lake took a while. The first lake is prettier so you can skip the second one if you aren't feeling up to it.

Bring lots of food, water, TP and a disposal bag to pack it out, first aid kit, and a full tank of gas. You will not find any cell service or anyone to help you up there so make sure you are prepared. There's lots of brush that will graze your legs so pants might be better.

We made it up in a bmw sedan but the last 10 miles were a really rough drive - the roughest we've ever been on and we've been on some scary drives. If you have an SUV, bring it. Go very slow and take your time. The last 10 miles will take you an hour in a sedan on the way up, 45 on the way down. Make sure your tires are filled properly, your spare tire is ready to go, and that someone in your car knows how to change a flat. You will barely see anyone on this road.

The drive takes longer than the hike (4 hours of driving for a 2.5 hour hike). The drive is absolutely stunning though. The leaves were changing colors - and most of the drive is along a creek. Beautiful.

On the hike, the only wildlife we saw were small birds, chipmunks, and weasels.

The directions on the hiking sites say at the end of the 10 miles to drive another 100 ft and park by the bulletin board. That 100 ft of road is almost impossible to get up, especially in a sedan, so park by the gate and walk up.

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Roxborough State Park
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119 Completed 6 Reviews

The trails on the west side of the park are not well marked. We hiked for hours on the Powerline Trail without ever finding the Elk Valley Trail link back to the park and the parking lot. We had to retrace our way back to the north end of the Powerline Trail arriving there after dark. We enjoyed the hike up to Carpenter's Peak. We thought it should be rated more as "moderate" than "strenuous". Average age of our group was 62.

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Newlin Creek Trail
by Jackie Olea

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very beautiful hike but I never found the top or the views everyone talks about. I turned on Map My Fitness and hiked 5.35 miles ONEWAY before turning around. I will defiantly hike this trail again & keep looking for the top. Defiantly moderate & walking sticks would be nice to have.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked: 10/29/14 1p-4p - no snow, weather was 55+, though cloud cover and shade made it chilly at parts.

Route: Lower trailhead to Cliff Trail Loop back down Falls trail. Moderately strenuous for healthy hikers (aged 25-60). Took about 3 hours including stops for the scenery..

Foliage: mostly green on this hike, minimal flowers, some aspens.

Scenery - not a lot of west-looking views, but lots of distance across the valley to the North and East, vast greenery.

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Leyden Creek Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I would never choose this trail for a leisurely hike, but it's a great trail for running.

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Rocks and Vistas, Garden of the Gods
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9 Completed 8 Reviews

Beautiful scenery, loaded with tourists. Be sure to get there when they open, it's less packed.
Good to take your out of town friends unfamiliar with hiking.
Hikers/BIKERS need to stick to the rules of the park.
Don't climb on the rocks means DON'T CLIMB ON THE ROCKS. Respect the park, clean up after yourself.

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Silver Dollar Lake Trail
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9 Completed 8 Reviews

STELLAR trail with astounding views! Go early. Great elevations, rugged, smooth terrains.
We made it through two of the three lakes before we turned around, (it was SUPER windy, we needed ear coverage) there was a fair amount of snow on the ground, making it quite icy in spots.
Lots of little critters about chittering at each other, the birds were gorgeous.
Another place to revisit next season!

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Canyon View Nature Trail
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9 Completed 8 Reviews

Nice, easy trail with nice scenery.

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Mount Galbraith Trail
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9 Completed 8 Reviews

Second time through and we loved it just as much as the first time.
We got off trail a touch and worked our way through some pretty amazing terrain full of fall foliage.
This trail is great because it's not too far from the city, it has great views and gets you far enough into the mountains you forget you're so close to civilization.
Definitely going back again and again.

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Mount Galbraith Trail
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9 Completed 8 Reviews

First outing at Mt. Galbraith and we were impressed. Great views, rugged terrain, good ups and downs.
Will be going back again!
Not a LOT of people, however, it would be great if those that hike this trial were better informed on trail etiquette and passing in a narrow lane.

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