Maxwell Falls Bluffs Trail

Arapaho National Forest, Colorado

Distance2.4mi
Elevation Gain1,319ft
Trailhead Elevation7,748ft
Top8,404ft
Elevation Min/Max7748/8404ft
Elevation Start/End7748/7748ft

Maxwell Falls Bluffs Trail

Maxwell Falls Bluffs Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Arapaho National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 7,748 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,319 feet. The Maxwell Falls Lower Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
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"Maxwell Creek slides north through a trailside defile, trembles through boulders in watery segments, and slips over black granite blocks in shimmery sheets at Maxwell Falls. This up-and-down hike between Evergreen and Conifer is a family favorite, and popular with dogs too." Read more

Maxwell Falls Bluffs Trail Reviews

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7/4/2018
It was a lot easier than anticipated.
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6/9/2018
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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.
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10/1/2013
Really nice trail! Shaded in most spots, nice terrain, and lovely waterfall to look forward to.
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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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9/29/2010
We started out at the Lower Maxwell Falls Trailhead, on Brook Forest Road. This trailhead is approx 2.6 miles from the turnoff from Rd. 73. It is marked, but the sign is off the road a bit. Good sized parking area. From here the trail is clear until you get to an intersection with a sign post (sign missing however) 5 trails intersect here. We decided to go straight ahead and this will lead you to Maxwell Falls. If you take the left trail, it will also take you to Maxwell Falls via the Upper Trailhead. I don't know where the right trail leads. After having a nice lunch at the falls, we took the trail that leaves the Upper Trailhead back to the intersection and then back to the car. (see my GPS route) This is a nice easy hike, no problem for my girlfriend's 2 children, aged 4 and 6. My dog also enjoyed the hike and there was ready access to water for him. Dogs, however, are NOT allowed off leash on this trail (contrary to another review). This is clearly marked on the trailhead sign.
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7/31/2010
I started at the Upper Maxwell Falls Trailhead, as I discovered what other reviewers mentioned regarding the trailhead in the guide being closed (oops, should have read those before heading out). The Upper Maxwell Falls trail is only about 1.5 miles to the cascades, with some nice views of the rocks along the way. Had to go on down the trail a bit from the Maxwell Falls sign and hike back in to see better views of the cascades. Here are some directions to the Upper Maxwell Falls Trailhead - From Jct C-470 and Hwy 285 travel south on Hwy 285 for 13 miles to Aspen Park. Exit right onto Barkley Rd. and take an immediate left following Barkley Rd. to Hwy 73. Turn right onto Hwy 73 and then make a left onto Shadow Mtn. Rd. Travel 5 miles up Shadow Mountain Rd. to the upper trailhead parking lot (on the right shoulder of the road). Park in the dirt lot.
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8/9/2009
A great hike! Some steep up & down sections, some confusing intersections with other trails, but a great little destination. Apparently there is a "Lower Maxwell Falls Trailhead" as well as an "Upper Maxwell Falls Trailhead." This guide is meant to be for Lower Maxwell Falls, however it gives the wrong starting point. 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. I had never been here before and got lost. Don't try parking at the dam, it's private property and there isn't any trail there anyway, we looked. A good place to take kids. 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.
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7/28/2008
A fun ride and not too crowded. Waterfall wasn't very full at the time, but some great scenery.
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7/21/2008
Fabulous trip! Dogs are allowed off leash and it is forested with a couple of creek crossings for Fido to take a fresh drink. Nice elevation climb, but not a difficult hike. We love this place. Too bad the other reviewer focused on reviewing finding the trailhead. This is a perfect hike.
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Trail Information

Arapaho National Forest
Nearby City
Arapaho National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Arapaho National Forest, (970) 295-6600, www.fs.usda.gov/arp; Clear Creek Ranger District, (303) 567-3000
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 39 E8; USGS Colorado Quad Maps: Meridian Hill, Conifer
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