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 Sharon on 7/16/2011
In response to comments regarding whether or not dogs can be off-leash in national forest (someone said it was OK) - all dog owners should know that dogs must be leashed in national forest. Please see the USFS site for details: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/faq/dog-faq.shtml Alot of dog owners do not know that.
Reviewed by JL on 6/30/2011
Great Trail. No leash laws as this is National Forest. Delta Bravo's afraid of pets stay home.
Reviewed by TLC on 6/28/2011
Going up there with my dog this weekend and he'll likely be off-leash. Dog haters- go walk a city park where dogs aren't allowed to run free and enjoy the outdoors.
Reviewed by IMA on 6/26/2011
Nice trail. Lots of ups and downs at a manageable incline. Probably right that it's good to be dog friendly on this one.
Reviewed by MJ on 6/20/2011
I wish all the off-leash lovers would realize that not everyone loves dogs and wants to share the great outdoors with your dog. Frankly, I wish dogs weren't allowed in parks. I'm not a dog hater (my wife has a dog and we take it on walks), but I don't want to be forced to share a hike with your dog. In addition, I've been attacked TWICE by dogs that were "under voice command". In both case, the owner kept saying "he's never done that before!" Well, I don't care how many times he hasn't done it, all I care about is the fact that he was off leash and attacked me and the owner could not control the dog. Your dog may be the next "never done that before". Thinking about that makes it hard to enjoy a hike/run with off leash dogs around.
Reviewed by Jennifer on 6/5/2011
I hiked this with my dog last weekend. The weather has been off this year so to be honest it was perfect timing! There was still some snow on the river, but 65 degrees for hiking was lovely. Woods, rivers, bolders, look-outs, beautiful views and yes-the falls were active as there was still enough run-off. Honestly, I loved it. It was a decent hike as far as effort, but not hard and a nice path easy to walk. Lots of dogs, but all well-behaved whether on a lead or not. Just remember where you parked your car! I parked at the lower falls and walked up to the 5 point intersection. If you want to go to the falls, turn left (read sign: upper falls trail head) and then cross the river and go RIGHT.
Reviewed by wz on 5/27/2011
I believe this is in national forest where there are no leash law rules ! :-)
Reviewed by David on 5/8/2011
This is a wonderful, easy to moderate hike that winds through a beatuiful woods and offers goregous views. We hiked it this monring and there were a lot of people on the trail. Because of it's ease it is great for small children and there were many today. I am sure it is less crowded during the week. It is very close to Denver which draws the crowds but also makes is convenient. There were a lot of dogs on the hike too, but it was not overwhelming. The falls were still mostly covered by snow and the stream was pretty small, but give it a few weeks with the warm weather of today and the snow will be gone and the stream will be running. We arrived a little later than we wanted, getting there earlier would have avoided most of the crowds.
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