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    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

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    Denver, CO
    Pathfinder | 164 pts
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    8/18/2019
    Great little hike. Signage as noted by others is poor. We started at the lower parking area for Lower Maxwell Falls. The little yellow sign about a half mile in had no verbiage. The other two trails were as much a mystery as others said. Go straight as the arrow suggests. The little falls sign will elude you if your not watching. It’s on the right but you turn off left. Short little offshoot but a nice diversion. From there the rest is pleasant, until you finish the cliff loop and logically turn left to follow the river. NO SINGNAGE. A right (correct direction) arrow is etched in a tree if you look hard. A Nice trail to private property lures hikers left only to end up
    at do not enter signs. 😳 once you go slightly up and right on the correct trail you cross a familiar bridge, go about a mile and there you are, at the car. Pleasant just a directional challenge. You can’t really go very wrong as it’ll all get you there, somehow.
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    Chesapeake City, MD
    Pathfinder | 74 pts
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    5/21/2019
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    Aurora, CO
    Explorer | 55 pts
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    7/4/2018
    It was a lot easier than anticipated.
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    Pathfinder | 102 pts
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    6/9/2018
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    Evergreen, CO
    Explorer | 20 pts
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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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    Denver, CO
    Explorer | 50 pts
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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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    Denver, CO
    Explorer | 30 pts
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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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    Denver, CO
    Adventurer | 302 pts
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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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    Castle Rock, CO
    Adventurer | 281 pts
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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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    Golden, CO
    Pathfinder | 101 pts
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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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    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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