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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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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful! I went during the week in the morning and barely had any traffic. It's not a loop trail, the Maxwell Falls part is point to point. There is a loop in the middle of the trail called Cliff Loop. If you take that there's one confusing part next to the stream with no sign that tells you which way to go. Do not continue down stream, that leads to private property and you have to turn around.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

It's an extremely busy trailhead... without sufficient parking for the traffic, nor waste bins, and this crowd doesn't pack out, so unfortunately the trash at the trailhead and en route is noticeable.

I completed today and brought my infant daughter in a Kelty kid carrier. It was more challenging than I expected with the extra weight, but a pretty tame hike otherwise - a stable, clear cut trail, with few markers but with so many fellow hikers it'd be impossible to get lost. The elevation gain isn't dramatic, but the trail alternates between significant ascents, followed by mild declines... it's decent exercise.

The falls I saw weren't that spectacular... but could be better in the Springtime I guess - there is an upper trailhead that provides for quicker access to different falls, perhaps another reviewer has gone that route and will comment? I drove up to where that should be, but parking was non-existent and there were no signs at all, so resorted to the trail I'm reviewing here.

A good trail, albeit busy, but worth an afternoon visit for a family or novice hiker for sure!

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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12 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful hike! Very crowded on the weekends. Shady and not too difficult. Trail crosses the river several times, ending at the falls.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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12 Completed 2 Reviews

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Alderfer / Three Sisters
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

Live this hike for the variety of types if trails and views. Also always see a lot of wildlife

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Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

What a workout but worth the view

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great moderately challenging hike. You'll feel accomplished when you finish it and its good for kids and dogs.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is not so much a review as a correction to the directions. The directions on the website assume you are coming from the north of Evergreen (it makes a difference for the turn in the center of Evergreen). There is no Black Mountain Road. It's Black Mountain Drive. There is really no turn from S. Brook Forest Road onto S. Black Mountain Drive; one street becomes the other.

Here are some alternative directions (note also that you can also get there via US-285 and Conifer): From C-470, take the Morrison Road exit heading west on Highway 8. In the town of Morrison, continue straight (west) on Highway 74 for about 10.6 miles. In downtown Evergreen, turn left at the stoplight onto Highway 73. Go about 1 mile to S. Brook Forest Road. Turn right and go about 5.2 miles. You will pass the lower trail head. S. Brook Forest Road becomes S. Black Mountain Drive (CR-78). Go about 1.25 miles on S. Black Mountain Drive to the upper trail head. It's on the left (north) side of the road, and is marked with a large metal sign.

To get to the falls (and the water stream), you have to hike down from the main trail. There are several well-worn paths you can take. You have to climb up a few rocks to get a good view.

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Alderfer / Three Sisters
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20 Completed 16 Reviews

This is a great place with some nice trails! Pretty easy hike but worth it. Some nice scenery.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

Completed this trail on Memorial Day. SUPER crowded. Definitely wouldn't recommend for holidays or weekends unless you're ok with constant passing foot traffic on some narrow trails. Crowd aside, it was a great hike. Dog friendly. Though the falls aren't on a grand scale, the upper falls is a perfect spot to stop and have lunch if you start on the lower trailhead. Take the cliff loop back to avoid some of the crowd. Small parking lot but all the overflow parked along the side of the road. Just be careful on blind corners with traffic and bikers.

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