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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

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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Pence Park to Lair O' The Bear
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

If you're an avid Mtn biker this will be a fairly easy, but fun ride for you. Once you get passed the flat area anyway. The climb seems to weed out most of the foot traffic, but go as early as possible to dodge more of the crowds. Even Fridays can be pretty busy as day care vans and other groups frequent this trail. The climb starts out steep but the incline wanes and varies with only a couple really technical sections that may have you (like me) off your bike very briefly. Those technical sections are a blast on the way back down though! Also, keep your eyes open for some hits along the way that have minor "improvements" that provide some fun air opportunities. There are some nice vistas on the way up also that are definitely worth taking in. Most people turn around before reaching the pavement. I prefer for some reason to ride up the road the few hundred yards to the parking lot and take a break if needed in that lot before heading back down. Total vertical rise from the parking lot at the bottom to the parking lot at the top was 1730 ft on my GPS, and 12.4 miles round trip. It takes me almost 2 hrs round trip, but many will do it much faster. Cause they don't drink beer. That's what I'm going with anyway!

The ride down is fast and fun, especially if you get to know where the little secret launch ramps are! Usually there aren't a lot of hikers up that far but there are some so watch especially close on blind turns when you're rippin' down the trail. Today the trail was fairly damp for this time of year, and there were a few puddles and muddy spots. I didn't see any dust that I remember today, but then I could have missed it. The trail is mostly in great shape with a couple areas of bad erosion. Most of the rocky sections are very rideable but there are quite a few rocky sections followed by long sections of smooth, top soil covered single or double track.

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Watershed north
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a lovely hike. The trailhead is a little hard to find -- once you get off I-70 at Exit 248, take US 40 West and cross the bridge heading south over I-70. Then take a left on Beaver Brook Canyon Road, heading toward the high school. Go past the school and a good distance further. Eventually you will come to a point where it seems like the road ends. It widens out considerably, as if you could park on the right hand side, and there is a private road leading downhill to your left. But if you look carefully, there is a thin vertical sign indicating you should continue straight for 2 miles to get to parking for the open space. So go straight, and after 2 miles you can pull off to the right and park. Walk uphill a little bit and turn left onto Pat Canyon Road. Keep on this, bearing left when it forks (you can note the sign to the trailhead) and eventually you'll get there.

The trail climbs gently for a while, and then peaks and you follow the road downhill to the lake. The return trip is the greater ascent. Beautfiul views all around.

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Elk Meadow Park
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

Did this last summer and saw this needed a review so away we go... Easy stroll and well maintained. Great for the whole family. The long meadow is alongside Evergreen PKWY so it feels more like a park then a hike in the mountains. Their are trails into the mountains nearby. From what I remember, this would be best in the spring and fall dry to lack of shade.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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50 Completed 9 Reviews

There is in fact a water fall. I climbed down to it and took pictures to prove it. It is down below the trail and hard to see but if you are listening you can hear the water get louder. Upper Maxwell Falls is at least 15 ft and is tiered into two sections. Its quite pretty. The trail itself is nice. It must have rained overnight because the ground was moist and the forest smelled wonderful. I arrived around 8 am on Saturday to find only a few cars parked. On my way down it was like watching a line from Disneyland. There were so many people. The trail was not to difficult. It didn't just go straight up but would go up and down giving people a chance to catch their breath. The only thing wrong with this trail was all the people that dont pack out their dogie bags. Seriously people, dont be lazy and ruin it for others. Also, the GPS point was off and takes you past the trail head parking lot. I fixed that. Its on the left and a little hidden but at least the GPS point is correct now.

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Maxwell Falls and Cliff Trail Loop Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Sounds like there's going to be an actual waterfall, there's not. That's kind-of disappointing

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West View Trail
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50 Completed 9 Reviews

I love this trail. Its short but makes you work for the amazing view.

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Elk Meadows and Bergen Peak
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32 Completed 5 Reviews

Went on a foggy Tuesday and saw just a few users! Four hours and plenty of burn.

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Evergreen: Evergreen Lake Trail
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76 Completed 26 Reviews

This is a nice easy stroll around the lake. The highlights are the wild life in and around the lake in such a populated area. The water coming over the spill way is awesome

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Alderfer / Three Sisters
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76 Completed 26 Reviews

Very nice hiking area. I took this trip with the Westminster Active Seniors group. We had a great time.

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