Maxwell Falls is a very popular family trail
Maxwell falls is near Evergreen in Colorado. There are three choices of trails, a one, three and four mile option. We recommend that you choose the three mile loop at an elevation gain of 600 feet means it is a moderate trail. Most of the family can enjoy this fairly relaxed hike.
From the parking lot (upper Maxwell Falls trailhead) start down the trail toward the falls. The Cliff Loop Trail will fork two times; take the left trail both times and you will be moving up a slight incline.
This loop trail (called The Cliff Loop) goes through pine, aspen forest, and up-over-and-around huge rocky cliffs and then eventually down along the Maxwell Falls.
The falls are really a series of cascades in a beautiful lush, green forest. There is plenty of shade all along the trail. It is well-traveled and maintained. There are many hikers and dogs along the way.
Be careful when you near the end of the loop (above the falls) it is a long way down. (You will see people lounging on the cliffs above the falls).
This is a great place to spend a lazy day and/or make it an early evening hike. Weekdays and evenings at Maxwell Falls are not so busy. No restrooms available at the trailhead.
NOTE: The photo above shows dogs bathing, this was taken a number of years ago, and now this is not permitted. Maxwell falls is in Jefferson County and all JeffCo leash laws apply. (Thanks for the update reminder simeon!)
Picnic Spot Recommendation:
Pack a picnic and eat on one of the high points of the trail where you can see some views of the surrounding mountains in shades of blue and green trees.
You will be heading to the upper Maxwell Falls trailhead. Dirt Lot is located on the right side of Black Mountain Dr.
Aspen Park and Conifer area (along Hwy 285) offers a variety of eateries for a quick bite before or after you hike at Maxwell Falls.