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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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Abyss Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

We did this trail on Sep 20. The aspens after the first creek crossing were phenomenal, worth the trek through a forest on very crowded trail.

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Shelf Lake Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Great day in God's Creation!

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Abyss Trail
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13 Completed 6 Reviews

The aspen leaves were starting to turn yellow when I hiked Abyss. I did the 17mi as a day hike and started around 11am. It was a beautiful hike with many different plants. Views were fantastic. The lake was nice, but the miles of forests leading to it was what made it worth it. One my favorite hikes in Colorado (so far).

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Tanglewood Trail
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22 Completed 1 Reviews

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Shelf Lake Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

8/31/14. While driving in keep left towards Duck Creek camp ground. It's still another 3- 4 miles after this split. There is a lot of construction going on b4 the road gets rougher. Ignore the boulders on the left - you must go through the rough road before reaching the BLACK rocks. I've included a picture. Once you've found the trail head it's an amazingly beautiful hike out and back. Also great pull offs for camping if you wanna spend the night.

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Shelf Lake Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Hiked this on 8/23/14. This is a great trail with fewer people on it than most. Follow the directions in the comments and in the "Getting There" section and you won't have any issues finding the trail head.

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Shelf Lake Trail
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked this a few days ago, and I took some photos to help find the trailhead. The dark pile of rocks people mentioned below is hard to miss, but a good thing to realize is the trail head sign is just BEFORE the pile of rocks on the right, and it is small and hard to read, but its really the only sign we saw, and could be tricky to see but we didn't seem to have an issue. Deep snow could cover it pretty quickly.

This was a fantastic hike! It does start out steep but the middle of the hike levels out, and the last bit of the trail up to the lake is steep but it is totally worth it! Shelf Lake is hands-down my favorite Colorado hike so far! The recommendations below suggest 4x4 or AWD, and although we saw lots of low-clearance vehicles without AWD on the road, the road was pretty rough.

Hope you get to try it out, enjoy!!!

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Abyss Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked and camped on this trail on 7/30/14 and 7/31/14. Very scenic hike and worth checking out. We had rain most of the trip but it was still worth it. Look into construction on Guanella Pass road to make sure there are no closures to trail head!

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Shelf Lake Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked this today! It was great kinda hard to find the exact trail head, but let me tell you a secret. There is a creek/river that flows over the road you drive up. Do not go beyond that road you will miss the trail head. It is roughly fifty feet away from that creek and there is a small sign. Overall good hike! Never made it to the top weather went south. Saw some interesting things as well. Tops of tons of young aspen trees were all snapped all facing the same direction. The weirder part was they were not broken on the way up and were very fresh and recently broken. We were the only ones on the trail for the entire 4 hours we were up there. Hopefully you find something amazing like we did.

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Ben Tyler Trail
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75 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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