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Maxwell Falls Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (14)

A beautiful trail connecting the upper and lower trailheads of the Maxwell Falls.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

8,392' 2,558 m

High

7,762' 2,366 m

Low

788' 240 m

Up

158' 48 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Waterfall

Description

The trailhead is easily visible from the parking lot. From the lower trailhead, follow the well-worn trail. After about 0.8 miles of moving through a forested area another trail will branch out. This other trail will not have a sign, so don't make the mistake of following it! The Maxwell Falls Trail will have a sign denoting the direction of the trail. Follow the signed trail through the forest until you reach a small foot bridge crossing the Maxwell Creek. This crossing is a little over a mile from the trailhead.

After crossing the bridge the trail will split in two directions. The trail to your right is one end of the Cliff Loop Trail. Take the trail to your left which is the Maxwell Falls Trail. This part of the trail will take you along the creek and you'll pass along the bottom of a large cliff face. Continue another half a mile along the Maxwell Falls Trail, and the trail will branch off again.

From this point you should be able to hear the Maxwell Falls -- follow the sound to see the falls. The falls are seasonal so if you are exploring the area later in the summer season (or in late fall or winter) you'll be less likely to hear the falls.

The short connector trail to your left will continue to the upper trailhead, completing the trail.

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Danielle Jackson

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Photos

Maxwell Falls in early spring.
Aug 13, 2016 near Evergreen, CO
This opening in the trees marks a junction point with another trail early on.
May 25, 2017 near Evergreen, CO
Maxwell Falls tumbles past the rocks on it's way downstream.
Jan 13, 2016 near Evergreen, CO

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Jan 24, 2021
J K
Jan 15, 2021
Nathan Steadman
Beautiful day. Snow and ice covered 90% of the trail. Take your ice spikes. 4.1mi
Jan 9, 2021
Michele Gagnon
Definitely need microspikes, but beautiful hike.
Aug 30, 2020
Taylor West
May 25, 2020
Taylor Lederman
May 9, 2020
Athena Lacy
Apr 27, 2020
Ashlee Moreno
To the falls and back. 4.6mi — 3h 52m
Dec 24, 2019
Elizabeth W