Maxwell Falls Off Leash Hike!!!

THE HIKE

Sign for Maxwell Falls.Maxwell Falls in Evergreen is a nice hike no matter what time of year you go. However, this hike always seems like the ideal winter hike, for some reason the snow conditions and the trail always seems to be in ideal shape during the winter, just enough snow, almost always packed just right to just hike with hiking boots, only once have I found the snow deep enough to snow shoe it.  (but this is Colorado so, it just depends on the recentness of the last big snowfall)

In winter, you'll probably find a frozen ice fall instead of a waterfall, and being winter you should plan for varied trekking conditions and plan for adapting as needed.

While the Forest Service rates the hike as "easiest," the trail is far from flat. Hikers starts at 7,800 feet, climb to a 5 way trail split at 8,266 feet, then drop back down to a bridge over Maxwell Creek before climbing again to the falls at 8,400 feet. Expect about 1,000 feet in elevation on the trail out and back.

 


 

The trail itself varies its single track, double track, sometimes jeep road through a thick forest. While there are many sunny, open spots, most of the trail is under tree cover.

The trail from the lower trailhead to Maxwell Falls is 2 miles each way. There is usually some sparse water even in winter, lots of snow for the dogs to romp in and plenty of things to sniff along the way. Even though there might be water, don't count on it, please bring water for yourself and your dog(s) and some snacks.

The trailhead for Maxwell Falls is just 4.5 miles from downtown Evergreen. From the the intersection of Highways 74 and 73, take Highway 73 south 0.9 miles to Brook Forest Road. Turn right and drive 3.6 miles to the Lower Maxwell Falls trailhead on your left.  (As you make your right turn onto Brook Forest Rd., keep track of your mileage. Although there is a sign at the trailhead saying Lower Maxwell Falls, it’s hard to see it from the road while you’re driving at highway speeds.) At the trailhead, there is room for about 14-15 cars during summer but less if it's snowed in during winter.

MEETING AREA - Where: We will meet at the park and ride STEGOSAURUS LOT - Morrison exit 259 on I70. Lot is on the South East corner of I70 and Highway 26. Directly across the road from the Mathew Winters park exit on highway 26. << Click for  MAP >>

WHEN: 8:00 AM

WHY: so we can car pool (or not) to the actual Trail Head parking lot in Evergreen, depending on the conditions. Parking is limited at the trail head and conditions will vary, I've seen it clean with dirt showing or snowed in with 12-14 inches of snow to the point that 4 wheel drive is needed to navigate the pakring area. Because I don't beleive the forest service maintains the parking lot during the winter, we won't know what conditions will be like until the hiking date comes around, it's probably best to meet first and decide if we need car pool to the actual trail head parking lot in Evergreen.

 

 

To find us, look for Frisco, he's our black, white and brown Australian Shepherd.

* 15 minute rule will be in effect.

* Please be courteous to others and only RSVP if you really can make it.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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  • Whitney

    Hi there, I'm going to meet everyone at the trail head as I may have to cut out early. Question: Can you confirm we're meeting at the Lower Maxwell Falls Trail Head? As I look online, it looks like there are a few different trail heads... THANKS!!

    January 17, 2013

    • Holly

      Hey Erica - If it wasn't Whitney, it was me. I can't remember the book you mentioned was really good, maybe Heartford? Let me know, thanks!

      January 24, 2013

    • Holly

      I talked with her and if you want to get rid of them, she will take them. I'll planning on going Sat, that would work to get it.

      January 31, 2013

  • Darlene

    Does anyone know if there is a way to copy some of these photos to share with non group members?

    January 20, 2013

    • Craig L K.

      You can get mine off my FB page, or I could email them to you

      January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an Aussie Day!! Weather was perfect and Kona slept the whole night too. Had a tough time up the stairs,,, a little sore but he had fun with his new friends

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Mike

    Great to see old face and new at our largest gathering to date!

    Frisco had so much fun playing that when we got home he stayed in the car, too tired to get out, so he slept in the car for about 4 hours, finally was able to wake himself up enough to come inside for dinner, then crashed to the floor for another 6 hours of sleeping like a log. Needless to say he'd give the outing 2 thumbs up if he had thumbs.

    50 degree plus weather, sunshine and our group once again proves aussies have the best owners as a group of people. Had fun talking to everyone and vegging out at lunch, see you at the next event!

    2 · January 19, 2013

  • Mary

    The dogs had a great time and it was fun getting to share my enthusiam for my pooch with people who understand my dog's crazy ways:)

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • Heather

    So many Aussies! How awesome :) thanks for the great hike everyone!

    January 19, 2013

  • Leanne

    We will also meet at the trailhead, rather than Stegosaurus (have a full car already)

    January 19, 2013

  • Heather

    So if w're meeting at the lower trail head what time should we plan for? I might have to leave early too, so might just meet there...

    January 17, 2013

    • Mike

      We will meet at 8:00, leaving at 8:15 for the trail head, so however long you figure it takes us to drive from the meeting lot to the trail head 30-45 minutes?

      January 17, 2013

  • Holly

    As far as attire - people who have done the trail, snow boots, layers, etc?

    January 17, 2013

    • Mike

      For me - Hiking boots and layers. Only once was I able to snow shoe it. Unless it snows a few days before going there the trail is hard packed snow.

      January 17, 2013

  • Mike

    Looks like this is shaping up to be the biggest gathering yet! Hope everybody can make it. We will definitely need some car pooling if everybody shows up, the trail head won't fit this many cars.

    Weather report is 50 degrees for Sat!

    January 16, 2013

    • Mike

      We missed big ole Murry at the last event, Frisco will be happy to see him again

      January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So looking forward to the hike next weekend, looks like the weather will be great so far :)

    January 12, 2013

  • Leanne

    Sharon, once a place is decided, maybe post it as a suggested upcoming meet-up? Since there are so many comments and back and forth, hate to have someone miss out!

    January 5, 2013

    • Mary

      There is a parking lot at the high school located off of Franklin and Louisianna. We could all meet there and cross the street into the park?

      January 7, 2013

    • Mike

      Sharon - you can create a post in the discussion area of the site, this is a great way to have an informal get together, hike or invite others to an event, as others have done. Official meetups sponsored by The Australian Meetup Group of Denver will always be ones that are open to all of our members. Thanks.

      January 8, 2013

  • Mary

    Henry is also a mini. A crazy little fuzz munch who has energy to spare! Love him!

    December 21, 2012

    • Mary

      It's at 1:00 on the 13th. Not sure where yet.

      January 3, 2013

    • Craig L K.

      Have Agility practice with Gwenevere on Sundays Can not make Sundays

      January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Abby and I are looking forward to meeting all the Aussies! See you all there! Abby and I are new at hiking, does she need snow shoes or boots to protect her paws? Abby and Deb

    January 1, 2013

    • Leanne

      Deb, someone earlier mentioned Mushers Secret... We tried it on our 2 minis this weekend at St Mary's, and it works great for romping in the snow. You can get it super fast on Amazon. Be sure to put t between the toes as well as on the pads to prevent ice balls from sticking.

      January 1, 2013

    • Darlene

      That made me laugh Erica, because my Teddy would EAT the Crisco!

      January 3, 2013

  • Darlene

    Nicci-we too moved from FL and our Aussies that wouldn't pee in the rain...LOVE the snow. We hiked in the fall with the group-the more Aussies the better-can't wait to meet everyone!

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All I can say is Im super syked!!!! From the pics from last year looks like a blast. I moved here from Florida in July, and my 11 year old aussie is a whole new dog. He loves hiking and really getting into the cold and snow. Hes like a puppy again. One question though, dog booties. Anyone use them or are they needed?

    December 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info Terry. Where can I find the mushers wax?

      December 12, 2012

    • Terry

      Oh, it's actually called Musher's Secret http://musherssecret....­ You can buy it on Amazon or at nicer pet stores.

      December 12, 2012

  • Leanne

    I so hope we can make this one!! We have hiked this trail before I summer, and pre-Aussies, can't wait to see it in winter and with all the dogs!

    December 10, 2012

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