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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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Recent Reviews

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Shadow Pines Loop
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

easy trail and dog friendly. plenty of shade cover and the tail was pretty wide making it easy to pass people. no ups and downs to speak of...just easy walking

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Staunton State Park
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23 Completed 1 Reviews

If you get lost on this hike, just don't bother coming back.

Although it is long, the trails are huge and very well built. It's good for distance and a bit of a daily workout.
Would be great for trail running. Go all the way to where you can see the waterfall.

Easy, longer hike but good for a day to get out. Bring lunch.

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Legault Mountain Trail
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

Really pretty little hike. We missed the unmarked part of the trail so did not get to the peak but it was still beautiful. Tons of shade and trees, flowers, fragrant trails and LOTS of dogs. Moderately crowded. Great quick hike close to the city. Also, I found this pretty easy, definitely not moderate.

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Reynolds Open Space Park: Raven's Roost Oxen Draw Loop Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Contrary to the reviews on here I found it pretty easy to find the trailhead and to go from there. Great views, make sure to bring your sunscreen, not a lot of coverage. Bring your camera, because the view at the top is incredible! I would recommend going early in the morning, on the way up, there were only 3 people on the trail but on the way down there were dozens coming my way.

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Legault Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Good stuff! Nice steady incline.

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Staunton State Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We hiked Staunton Ranch (SR) from the second parking lot (saving 1/2 mile) to Bugling Elk (BE) to Lion's Back (LB) so that we could reach the Elk Falls Overlook. Total distance 10 miles round trip.

Initial impression: too much service road used for trail leading to a dusty and disconnected experience; one in which you feel more like you are watching it, rather than being in it. Designed more for mountain bikers, who by the way, were very courteous and friendly.

Park website descriptions of trails
SR: Degree of difficulty: moderate; Elevation range: 8,120-9,060 feet (seems correct)
BE: Degree of difficulty: moderate; Elevation range: 8,820-9,200 feet (seems correct)
LB: Degree of difficulty: moderate; Elevation range: 8,800-9,120 feet (definitely should be rated difficult as it was a killer with at least 15% incline for the first 1/10 to 2/10 of a mile and then mostly 5-7% from there to the overlook. About the overlook (1/10 mile round trip added to total), it also was a difficult, rocky and steep path.

Final impression:
Elk Falls Overlook was the highlight of the trip. Yes, the falls were a long ways away; however, you could appreciate their size and flow, even from that distance. The rest of the view is magnificent seen from the many rock perches at the overlook. The wind and quiet calming and meditative. I would have rated this hike four stars if it weren't for the service road aspect of it. As it stands, once is more than enough as there are many other trails with as much or more to offer without traipsing 10 miles to see the only memorable sight in the park. This park has had sightings of both mountain lion and bear.

P.S. My wife told me the park is working on a new trail that will go under the falls which would be the only reason to bring me back here.

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Alderfer / Three Sisters Medley
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Staunton State Park
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14 Completed 4 Reviews

Really enjoyed this trail. Was a little disappointed with overlook falls as the falls was far away but had fun hiking and spent most of the day doing so. Lots of boulders to climb on :)

Fee: $7 to park

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Staunton State Park
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11 Completed 5 Reviews

Pros:
-The trails are in excellent condition and every trail is very well marked. The map given at the pay-station was very accurate and easy to follow.
-The Hiker Only trails were beautiful and a blast to be on. You can turn this into an all day event if you want it to be one, or you can make it a short trip covering a lot of distance.
-Get there early, and get to the hiker only trails asap to avoid the throngs of families and groups on the dirt sidewalks and roads.
Cons:
Unexpected: Had to pay to get in.
- (or pro, depending) There are some extremely easy trails here that are basically either dirt sidewalks or dirt roads. These trails are very boring if your goal is to go hiking. However, they are easily traversed if you're looking for a quick way up or down and or for the inexperienced or limited by some other means. Maybe you want to do all the hard stuff on the way up and spend the whole day doing it, then want to get back to the car in 1.5 hours.
- The lake and falls overlook were a huge disappointment. The falls was extremely far away. The overlook area itself was very pretty though, I just was expecting to be way closer to the actual falls by the time we got to that area. The lake view was polluted with complete surrounding of vehicle dirt road, ranger station (i think) and power lines. Again this might be a pro for bikers and vehicles.

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Shadow Pines Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Good run, especially for a relative beginner. easy footing, mild elevation changes. paths are mostly wide and easy to see.

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