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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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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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19 Completed 15 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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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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56 Completed 28 Reviews

This was VERY crowded; it was a warm Sunday afternoon, but still more than even state park trails have on weekends this time of year. The falls were very small, and hard to get to with so many people. The cliff loop section was quieter, and afforded view of the valley below. Probably worth doing if you are nearby, but for me, it was not worth a 50 minute drive. Might be good at off-times.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

I went this morning with my two dogs and completed the whole trail. I have hiked a lot, but this is only the dogs third hike. I enjoyed it; very pretty, not many people, fantastic views. However, I found the Cliff Loop trail difficult with my dogs in the parts that are really rocky. Also, a lot of the trail is really soft and sandy, which my dogs found challenging when moving downhill. I would recommend this for people, but unless your dogs are experienced with hiking and tall enough to navigate the rocks safely, I wouldn't recommend it for dogs.

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Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice climb & views. I really liked how there wasn't as much traffic as some of the other nearby trails. Well shaded and quite a few wildflowers along the way.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A good hike. It is quite busy. If you go there during the weekends I'd recommend early to mid-afternoon. Otherwise the parking lot will likely be full and you'll have to park on the side of the road. Can't really say anything other reviewers haven't already noted. These are the coordinates for the trail:

Lat 39 34.919
Log 105 21.722

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