Evergreen, Colorado has a wide variety of great hikes to experience but this one is unique because of the water falls. Be sure to visit the Upper Maxwell Falls hike and not the Lower Maxwell Falls trail head. It is only a short hike to the waterfalls (maybe 200 yards). You will experience large rock outcroppings and a waterfall that cascades about 25+ feet to the bottom of the gulch. This Evergreen hike is part of the Arapaho National Forest.
I continued my hike down to bottom of the waterfall, crossed the river and climbed my way up to where I could get right next to the waterfall. I was able to get so close to the waterfall that I could feel the wind on my skin from the pounding of the water on the rocks. What an amazing experience. I visited in May and we recently had a lot of rain so their was plenty of water to experience. This is one of my favorite short hikes because the entire hike is next to the river and then I get a big reward with little hiking effort.
This hike is also a favorite for my kids as they enjoy climbing on the rock outcroppings that make up the waterfalls.
Take Evergreen Parkway (Highway 74) to downtown Evergreen. Take a right at the light to Highway 73. Travel about 2 miles to Brook Forest and take a right. Take Brook Forest up about 6 miles. You will pass Lower Maxwell Falls first. Don’t stop there, keep going. The trail head will be on the left side of the road. You will see other cars parked there.