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Maja Falls

Hidden Beauty Along “Ring the Peak” Trail
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is a beautiful section of the “Ring the Peak” trail system. The distance from Horsethief Falls trailhead to Putney Gulch... more »

Tips:  1. You can hike this trail any time of the year. Snow in the winter will make it more difficult; but it can be done. I'd recommend... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Horsethief Falls trailhead

This is where you begin. The trail goes up about 400 ft over .7 miles, leveling off just as you get to the trail junction. One side of the trail post points ahead (east) to Horsethief Falls and Pancake Rocks, the other side points north, labeled with “Ring the Peak.” Take a left, cross the creek and you’re now in the south end of large valley.... More

2. Trail Split

Here the trail splits again. The right hand path leads to the valley on the north side of Sentinel Point and the Cairned Trail which would take you to the top – see my guide for this exciting trek. For this hike, you want to use the left hand trail. Along the way from the Horsethief Falls trail, you’ll walk beside a large beaver habitat. This path... More

3. Aspen Jungle

The aspen forest the now covers the top of the hill is probably 30 years old, judging from the size of the trees. Tangled beneath its shimmering canopy are the remains of an older fir/pine forest. Some of the trunks/stumps from these old trees are conveniently located at the side of the path. So this is an excellent place to stop for a breather.... More

4. Maja Falls

As you come down the hill, you’ll find another trail marker urging you to make a switchback turn to the left. Don’t do that yet. Continue straight on another hundred yards to Maja Falls. You’ll hear it before you see it. From the base you can look to the top, about 150 ft away, and enjoy the stream as it slides gracefully along the granite massif ... More

5. Mountain Meadow

About a half mile past the turn off for Maja Falls, you’ll cross a stream into a beautiful mountain meadow. Bounded by two streams, this 100 X 200 yard patch has an excellent camp site at its western tip (rock fireplace seems to have been well constructed by campers). As the path crosses the western stream, you’ll have another excellent view of... More

6. Putney Gulch trailhead

The last mile of the trail climbs another hill (top at 10,480) before descending to the northern terminus of the hike. The flora is different here, more fir/pine than anything else. The forest bed, covered as it is with an absorbent layer fallen needles is home to a wide variety of mushrooms. The trailhead itself borders another large meadow. The ... More

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