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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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Bruin Bluff / Lair of the Bear
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13 Completed 13 Reviews

I personally, didn't care for this trail. It was nice at first but then we kept having to stop and move over for bicyclists to pass. There were so many bikers, we eventually turned back because our "hike" had turned more into a stop, walk, stop, walk kind of deal. Very disappointing.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail wasn't too busy, and not too far of a drive from Denver either. Lots of shade, pretty waterfalls and trees. Our dog came, she is not the best hiker but this trail was fine for her. More evergreens so not the best for fall colors but still a very nice hike

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Bruin Bluff / Lair of the Bear
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I disagree that this is primarily a hiking trail! Not the day that I was there, on a Saturday in October. We were passed by at least 40 (FORTY) mountain bikes, and many of them seemed to think of hikers as just being in the way. This was a dangerous attitude because many of the hikers were small children. This trail is not suited to mixed use. There should be one park in Jefferson County that is dedicated to families, and this one, with its gentle climb and mountain magic, should be it.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

Nice and easy trail but do your home work before going. The site gives the wrong address for the trail head and for the wrong entrance. Also many bags of dogs’ feces left on the trail …..

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

It was a good beginners hike. Enjoyed the scenery.

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Elk Meadows and Bergen Peak
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is an absolutely gorgeous place. I love hiking and trail running here. Lots of spacious trails and some of the friendliest fellow trail users you'll find anywhere.

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Beartracks Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Going to echo what others said below. The upper trail to the lake is, again, still completely impassable. The loop has been significantly cleared, but there are still a lot of trees to hop over/under. The old shelters are interesting to see, and there's some decent sized brookies in the stream that is pictured above. Nice camping near that waterfall too.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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72 Completed 30 Reviews

Pretty easy hike. Good for stretching your legs.

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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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