Summary: This hike is great for dogs. In unincorporated Jefferson County, there is a leash law. There were, however, lots of happy dogs on the trail. Plenty of tree shade along the way. A good portion of the trail has a creek running along side. Great for the dogs and the "stop to smell the roses" hikers. There is a nice view at the falls. A great place to sit and relax. Well worth the hike!
Trailhead: Travel to Evergreen on rte 74. Take rte 73 about a mile to brook forest rd. Travel about 3.6 miles to a parking lot on your left. The GPS co-ords are Lat 39 34.919 by Log 105 21.722 (Lat:39.581983 Lon:-105.362033)
Trail Guides for Maxwell Falls:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by David Boyd
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Reviewed by John on 10/18/2011
I have yet to hike this trail, although I would submit to my fellow hikers that if you cannot get along while blogging, doubtful you will get along on the trail. :)
Reviewed by Zzz on 9/19/2011
note on dogs - I saw 2 deer on 9-18-11, probably because I was on a stretch of the trail where no unleashed dogs happened to be. I love dogs too, but it's so nice to be 50 feet away from the wildlife like those deer.
Reviewed by Caity on 8/31/2011
Just home from this hike, was absolutely gorgeous! Other reviews said a mild hike. I would say mild for longer legs, but for the seven year old with us it was a bit difficult, though he still enjoyed himself. Beautiful rock formations at the falls, make sure to climb down into the ravine to see the whole picture, the little trickle at the top is not "it". Lovely area, well maintained while still wild. watch out for the dog poop on the trail though.
Reviewed by srn on 8/15/2011
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Reviewed by BH on 8/14/2011
We took our two golden's there yesterday and decided to take them off leash for safety concerns. Our dogs tend to pull and I was afraid they would pull to hard and we would fall off a cliff. The dogs were very well behaved and people stopped to pet them. Great hike and trail.
Reviewed by Ellen on 8/12/2011
I hiked this on 8/10/11. It was my first time, and I loved it! I hiked the loop which I found a bit difficult to navigate, but I figured it out. I loved the pine forest and the way the trail meandered up and down, and followed the stream. It is a lovely hike that isn't too long or difficult for an average hiker. I brought my "leashed" dog, and the stream crossings were perfectly timed for drinking and cooling off.
Reviewed by AMC on 8/10/2011
This area is under Jefferson county open space rules, regardless of what you want to claim about USFS - dogs must be leashed. Be considerate of fellow hikers, they are not 'haters' just because they don't want your dog all over them. BTW, the wildlife appreciates it too.
Reviewed by Barbara on 8/3/2011
GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT: Leash law varies even in National Forest areas. Some allow off leash,verbal control, others, as in Sharon's link for CORONADO Nat'l Forest, does not. You must check for each area.
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