Maxwell Falls

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Trail Stats & Info

RT length 4.6 miles
Elevation gain 1,000 feet
Difficulty easy-moderate
Lowest elevation 7,810 feet
Highest elevation 8,300 feet
Trail type balloon loop
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 100
Restrooms @ TH? no
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Directions

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From C470, take the Morrison exit onto Hwy 74 or Bear Creek Rd. Follow Hwy 74 through the town of Morrison, passing Idledale and Kitteridge. In the town of Evergreen, take a left at the fork onto CR 73. After about 1 mile, take a right onto Brook Forest Rd. Follow Brook Forest Rd. for about 3.5 miles and turn left into a parking lot for Maxwell Falls. The sign for Maxwell Falls is a bit off from the road, so drive slow and keep a look out for a dirt driveway to the left. There is 2 level parking lot and the trailhead is southwest of the parking lot next to a large sign with a map. This parking lot and trailhead is for the lower Maxwell Falls trail. There is another trailhead at the upper Maxwell Falls trail which is further down on Brook Forest Rd.

From I-70, take the Evergreen Pkwy. exit and follow Hwy 74 or Evergreen Pkwy. all the way to Evergreen Lake. Take a right onto CR 73. Follow CR 73 and after about 1 mile, take a right onto Brook Forest Rd. Follow Brook Forest Rd. for about 3.5 miles and turn left into a parking lot for Maxwell Falls. The sign for Maxwell Falls is a bit off from the road, so drive slow and keep a look out for a dirt driveway to the left. There is 2 level parking lot and the trailhead is southwest of the parking lot next to a large sign with a map. This parking lot and trailhead is for the lower Maxwell Falls trail. There is another trailhead at the upper Maxwell Falls trail which is further down on Brook Forest Rd. Trail starts on the south side of Buffalo Park Road and heads southwest from the road.


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This is a nice hike not too far from Denver and very close to downtown Evergreen. Although we hiked this in the Fall and it wasn’t too crowded, I bet in the summer it gets a lot of traffic. You can start at 2 different trailheads on Brook Forest Road. We started at the lower trailhead which is where the directions above take you. The trail starts by gradually climbing up a small gulch and you’ll immediately pass a small pond to your right. As you get higher, you’ll reach some large boulders and rock out-croppings. From here, the trail levels out and heads down to a creek. After crossing the creek, the trail heads up and to the top of a hill where you’ll see what looks like trail junction. There is a trail sign pointing to go straight. I’m not sure where the other trails go, but they definitely look like maintained trails. As you pass the sign, the trail heads down the hill and will continue to do so until you reach another creek with a wooden bridge. If you look to your left you’ll notice a very large boulder with a lot of chalk marks, where you can do some over-hanging bouldering. On our way back, we did see a few climbers getting their crash pads set up. After crossing the bridge, you’ll come up to another trail junction with a sign. To the left the trail goes to Maxwell Falls and the to the right the trail is the “Cliff Loop”. Both of these trail eventually meet up again. We decided to head left to Maxwell Falls and then come back around onto the Cliff Loop trail. Hike gradually up the trail following a creek to your left. As you hike up, you will come to another sign marking “Maxwell Falls”. From here you can see a view of the waterfall, but when we were here the waterfall was pretty much a trickle as it was mid October. It’ll be nice to come back in the summer and see the falls in full force. From the sign, hike down to your left towards the creek and continue to follow the trail as it goes back up the gulch and to another trail junction. Here is where the trail meets up with the Cliff Loop trail and the upper trailhead. Since we parked at the lower trailhead, we decided to loop around onto Cliff Loop trail. We hiked to the right onto Cliff Loop trail, which slightly ascended to an opening in the trees, which offered views of the surrounding mountains. Up here we took a break and had a small snack. We continued on the trail which follows the side of a hill and eventually descends all the way back to the Maxwell Falls trail junction and bridge we had crossed earlier. Here, cross the bridge again and hike back on the same trail you came on up and over the hill down to the other creek and back down to the lower trailhead.

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