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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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Ben Tyler Trail
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71 Completed 22 Reviews

Again I love this trail system!! I have hit it once per week since March of this year and the views and wildlife are amazing! As of late the rain has been hitting this trail every evening for about the last 3 weeks and some areas are showing the results of the heavy water flow. Biting flies are killing it and the water crossings are sporting mosquito's that are resistant to 100% Deet. Bring a facial bug screen/net and prepare for a super treat of a climb once you get past the bugs. I have seen four bears on the trail, one small male and a mother with two cubs but no aggressive behavior. Deer, Elk and Moose are present so keep the dogs leashed up. For you survival peeps there is an abundance of areas to test your skills, the creek supports a "plethora" of tasty Brooke Trout ranging from 6-12 inches in the pocket pools, Yo-yo traps with bait are your best bet for harvest. There are loads of fallen trees to hone your shelter building/Bush-craft skills along with rock outcroppings that give you perfect areas for building. Lisa Just FYI there are 2 trail access points, one off of 285 just past Shawnee and one off County Road 64 which is the Payne Gulch/ Brooke-side access and the parking is just fine. If you enter the brooke-side access the biting flies are almost too much to deal with but the 32mi of trails are simply killer. The trail system in Lost Creek Wilderness over-all is moderate to difficult in spots for some and I will be posting pictures soon!!

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Shelf Lake Trail
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26 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked this on 7/12/14 - 99% of snow has melted! Great hike with a nice finish at Shelf Lake. Beginning and end of the trail are rocky/steep and moderate - perhaps strenuous to some. Middle portion relatively flat as you are in valley. Great views once you get to the lake. For more images of the trail and lake, check out http://www.ohnophoto.com/shelf-lake/

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Three Mile Creek Trail
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

Went up yesterday, 2nd bridge has been damaged by flooding single log to cross, You can see the damage very clearly in the lower meadows before and after the aspen grove sections. Small sections of trail have been wiped out but you can still make your away as long as you pay attention.

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Shelf Lake Trail
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32 Completed 5 Reviews

I think I used this:
"You'll pass the Duck Creek campground and the Geneva Park campground and the road will begin to get rougher. It's best to have a vehicle with some clearance to drive this road. At 3.4 miles from Guanella Pass Road, you should see a large, black rock heap. Park where you can off the road and look for the trailhead sign."

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Shelf Lake Trail
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

I had the same problem Trevor did. Can someone, after reading this and who managed to find the trailhead, describe exactly where it is (I have no GPS).

Thanks

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Three Mile Creek Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Rushing water, wild flowers, aspen groves and blue sky. A nice gentle climb that was good for this beginner even though I didn't make it all the way to the end. I will return.

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Shelf Lake Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

,I tried to use the gps option on this app to find this trail. It took me 3 miles down a 4x4 trail, across a creek and said I had reached my destination. I never found the trail head and ended up just hiking around the area. If you do not have a four wheel drive do not go to this trail.

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Bison Peak
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25 Completed 1 Reviews

While there is no "Bison Peak Trail", you can take the Ute Creek trail from the south up to Bison Pass, where it meets the Brookside - McCurdy Trail, and continue towards the summit from there. We did this trail Memorial Day weekend 2014 and the weather was great. Some snow above 10,000 feet, but it was no problem in hiking boots. Over 3,500' elevation gain from this direction. Awesome red rock formations around the summit - a nice day hike.

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Shelf Lake Trail
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32 Completed 5 Reviews

Waaay too much snow and runoff. Finished this after six long hours. I don't think snowshoes would do you much good as the middle section's terrain is highly variant, from stream, to snow, to medium rock and small scree. Following the trail past here is impossible for any length and the final third is bog and snow. Still, a nice push, if you savvy! First in 2014, FTW!
*Try mid July or so :)

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Shelf Lake Trail
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful hike... We were sad when we had to stop due to moderate snowpack and no snowshoes;). Looking forward to completing this trail in the summer. High clearance vehicle definitely recommended... That dirt road to the trail was a little "sketchy" in my little VW.

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