Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hiking on the back side of Pikes Peak I did part of this hike at the end of April. I didn't know then that despite the snowmelt in most of the area (Colorado Springs, Woodland Park & Divide), this trail runs along the north face of one ridge and the south face of another. So the snow was still quite deep. So with no snowshoes, the only one who enjoyed that trek was the dog. Drive west from Colorado Springs on US Hwy 24, through Woodland Park, to Divide. Turn south (left) on CO 67. Go about 9 miles. You'll see the remains of an old tunnel facing you as you come around a curve. On the other side of this tunnel is the trail head on the left. There is no sign! You can park on either side. This is a popular place in July -- easily 20 cars in the parking area around the trail head; but everyone was spaced evenly enough that it didn't seem crowded at all. I like this hike because the trail is covered most of the time, the pine, spruce and aspen trees creating a shimmering mosaic of light and sound as the breeze dances through their branches. Then occasionally the forest opens to reveal stunning views of near and distant mountains covered by an ocean of blue sky. The two terminal points of the hike (the falls and the rocks) are also worth the effort it will take to reach them.
This was a great trail up to the falls and then onto the Pancake Rocks with my 9 year old daughter. Being that we just moved here from Texas it was indeed a challenge due to the changes in altitude but we persevered. The views we absolutely stunning even though we missed the Aspens in full color. Only downside was all the dog poop in bags along the Horsethief Falls Trail that people left behind.
This is such a pretty hike with a treat at the top with the pancake rocks and views. It's usually not as crowded as the Crags. Beautiful in the fall when the Aspens turn.
Great hike, better views once you reach the rocks.
Really good trail. First timers, If you don't go up with a map the first set of rocks is not the Pancakes Rock. I made that mistake, keep on hiking it's a bit further.
nice trail, even better views!
Amazing hike and amazing views this time of the year.
We love doing this hike every year to see the fall colors
great hike. amazing camping and plenty to do and see. I would rate as "Moderate" instead of "Hard"
Beautiful fall colors . Moderate trail
Good work to the top
The view up top is worth it!
This trail was fantastic! Enough uphill so you know you worked, but not so much that you are miserable. Easy to follow, not too crowded (9am start time), great forest terrain!
I don't know that I would label this as "hard" but I guess it's relative to physical fitness level. Definitely not easy. The hike is awesome. Park at the trailhead and follow the trail until it splits at the wooden sign pointing toward Pancake Rocks. Do that before the falls. The first mile or so after the split is all up and is the most challenging part, but it evens out a bit after that. Great views. Go all the way to the end you won't regret it. Afterward visit the falls on an easy, mostly flat half mile walk and enjoy the running water.