Help Protect Maxwell Falls
*Pick up trash on your hike (especially your own). There is no trash service at this trailhead. *Pack out dog droppings *Keep Dogs on a Leash *No fires or digging firepits. Fires pose an extreme danger to nearby residents. *If parking is full, come back later, or find a different hike. Roadside parking is causing erosion and safety hazards.
In the last few years, Maxwell Falls has become one of the most popular destination hikes near Denver, and it’s having a negative impact. In other words, Maxwell Falls is being loved to death. Please read through the orange box for some of the basic trail etiquette that will help protect this beautiful place.
|Hike Distance||1.6 to 4 Miles|
|Duration||45 min to 2 hr 30 min+|
|Trail Type||Out & Back and Loop|
|Seasons||Summer through Fall|
|Dogs||Allowed on Leash|
|Denver Drive Time||50 min|
|Directions||Lower Parking Area – Upper Parking Area|
|Town Nearest Hike||Conifer, Colorado|
|Beauty||Waterfall, overlooks, creek, woodlands|
|Activities||Picnicking, hiking trails|
When we were moving to Denver, we were looking for a great house and for great hikes, and our favorite hikes end with a waterfall. Waterfalls close to Denver, Colorado don’t have a lot of wow-factor, but they make great for great destination hikes. There are 3 ways to hike to Maxwell falls. Our favorite is the Cliff Trail loop because it gives you the falls a reward at the end. The falls are more of a series cascades, but are worth the hike. If you want to explore more waterfalls near Denver, check out our Waterfall Hikes Near Denver page.
You have several options for your hike to Maxwell Falls.
1. The Short Version: Less than 1 mile round trip – Begin at the Upper Trailhead and follow the signs to the falls. It’s just under half a mile, one way.
3. Lower Maxwell Falls Hike – 4 Miles Round Trip – Begin at the lower parking area and hike up the valley and along Maxwell Creek for about 2 miles. About 1.7 miles along the trail, you’ll cross to the other side of the creek. Shortly after that, you’ll hear the falls. Return the same way you came.
We’ve had some inquiries about whether or not there is camping at Maxwell Falls. Because this area gets so much traffic, we recommend camping elsewhere. It is permissible to camp on USFS land, but it’s important to take into consideration our impact, and the Maxwell Falls area is getting loved to death. I’d recommend checking out Reserve America for other camping ideas.
So, strap on your hiking boots, grab a picnic lunch and your trekking poles, then hit the trail to Maxwell Falls.
Happy Colorado Hiking
Tips & Resources for Hiking Maxwell Falls:
- TIP: This trail gets a ton of use, so make an effort to pick up a few pieces of trash while you are making your trek to the falls.
- TIP: Be on alert for the signage. It’s easy to miss, and sometimes in disrepair. I’d recommend reading through the comments section below for details.
- After the Hike: Beaujos Pizza in Evergreen
- Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
Map & Driving Directions
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