It took me about 10 minutes longer to reach the Upper Parking lot, there were 2 other cars in the small parking lot when I arrived on a cloudy weekday afternoon. It took me a while to get Magnolia situated in her pack, and then we hit the trail. Immediately, I was faced with 2 trails from the parking lot, since there is no formal map, I just chose left and started walking. The trail is wide and continued through the forest and next to the stream. Eventually the trail comes to another trail split, there is a trail sign here (although it was knocked down), and you could take the trail left and up to the Cliffs Loop or down/right toward the falls. I decided that I wanted to check out both the Cliffs Loop (since I was not familiar with it at all) and the falls, so Magnolia and I took the Cliffs trail up for about 20 minutes and shortly after the split the trail continues out of the woods and you have views of the surrounding mountains which were full of fall color! We hiked on this until we reached another trail split; I wasn't sure which way to go, and so we turned around to go back to Maxwell Falls.
Getting there: The Upper Maxwell Falls Parking lot can be found on a google map here.
Basically head to Evergreen, and from the center of town and take Hwy 73 South for 1 mile, turn right onto Brook Forest Road and drive for 5.2 miles, then Brook Forest Road turns into Black Mountain Drive on a curve (you barely will notice this) for 1.2 miles. The trailhead parking lot is on the left.
Also, here is exact location -- 39.562323408383634,-105.37657856941223
Specs: There are no rest rooms, trail maps, or any facilities at this parking lot.
The Hike: The Cliffs loop, from what I read online, is a 3-4 mile loop that offers views galore in the Maxwell Falls area, up above the falls on the cliffs above. I must get back to do this hike sometime this fall, hopefully the color will still be there. It was truly beautiful, we had the trail to ourselves, and we enjoyed it!