Maxwell Falls Trail

Evergreen Colorado Hikes

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These peaceful falls are tucked back in a quiet drainage in the Arapaho National Forest. The water cascades year-round-in spring the pools are full and water spills vigorously down the rocks; in autumn, the stream moves slowly, trickling from basin to basin. The gentle trail wanders along Maxwell Creek through ponderosa and lodgepole forest, punctuated by the occasional small aspen grove.
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by Tracy Salcedo (Falcon Publishing)

These peaceful falls are tucked back in a quiet drainage in the Arapaho National Forest. The water cascades year-round-in spring the pools are full and water spills vigorously down the rocks; in autumn, the stream moves slowly, trickling from basin to basin. The gentle trail wanders along Maxwell Creek through ponderosa and lodgepole forest, punctuated by the occasional small aspen grove.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Evergreen
Length: 3
Elevation Gain: 520 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Trailhead Elevation: 7,700 feet
Top Elevation: 8,300 feet
Local Contacts: Arapaho National Forest
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Recent Trail Reviews

9/7/2014

Fun Hike with kidos and dogs! A little steep at some sections, but green and lush and nicely forested. There is a "Lower Maxwell Falls Trailhead" as well as an "Upper Maxwell Falls Trailhead." The trailhead is 3.5 miles from the junction of CO-73 and Brook Forest Rd., and has a nice parking area (no bathroom) and a large Forest Service sign visible from the road. Once on the trail, there are a couple of junctions with other trails. Go straight at the first one (a yellow arrow points the way), and stay left at the next ones (upstream after crossing a wooden bridge) to get to the falls.

9/16/2012

Nice hike but the signs for the trail and on the trail are easy to miss, and so are the actual falls. Driving up I missed the sign for the lower falls trail and ended up at the upper falls trailhead. That worked out fine, but even on the trail a number of the signs were missing or broken. We even missed the falls since the sign was off the trail and the "falls" were just a trickle of water off of a rock, not particularly impressive. Overall though, I'm glad we hiked it.

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