4 mile out and back with 644 feet of elevation change. Awesome waterfall hike less than an hour from Denver. Easy to moderate family-friendly hike.

Located just outside of Evergreen, this is beginner hike is a great escape from the city for a few hours. There are three different options to hike to the falls: Maxwell Falls Lower Trail (4 miles), Upper Falls Trail (0.5 miles), and Cliff Trail Loop (3 miles). On this hike I started from the Maxwell Falls Lower Trailhead. I arrived at 8:00am and the parking lot was half full, so I would recommend getting an early start.

There are two creek crossings on this trail. At the first crossing, the trail is not clearly marked. You will come across a large downed tree over the creek; this is where you cross the creek. Turn right and make your way up the switch backs. The rest of the trail is pretty well marked. Maxwell Falls are best in Spring and early Summer.

This is an easy to moderate hike that is great for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your pup! I saw lots of happy dogs on this trail.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Map
  • Snacks
  • Jacket (just incase)
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Lee Big Stopper Filter (for long exposure of waterfalls)
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 644 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Good Morning Hike

This is a good hike for the early morning before the crowds come. The waterfall is pretty small but is cool once its starts to freeze over. There are some areas where you can get some pretty dope views.

Underwhelming

So underwhelming. I kept waiting for the scenery to become beautiful, never happened. Just a creek through the woods on a really crowded trail.

Boo

This trail kind of sucked. Very crowded and the falls weren't as exciting as they'd seem. Dog poop everywhere. Not sure why this trail is regarded so highly.


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