Horsethief Falls Trail

MODERATE 166 reviews
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Horsethief Falls Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
551 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

Directions from Colorado Springs: From Colorado Springs, take Highway 24, through Woodland Park, toDivide. Turn south on Highway 67 and drive 8 miles until you see a closed tunnel.Parking is available on the other side of the closed tunnel.

1 month ago

Beautiful short hike....falls are the perfect place for a picnic..

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail. Beautiful falls at the top. Nice if you just have an hour or two.

hiking
4 months ago

light snow and ice, falls and creek completely iced over. just below freezing at the falls, 45 at the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

Please respect the trail rules and keep dogs on leash. We passed 3 people today with dogs off leash and I️t was extremely frustrating. Our dog panics when others are off leash and she is confined to a leash. She actually got tangled and fell off the side of the mountain after someone didn’t have their pet on a leash. She flipped and slid 30 feet down while tangled. Of course the people who had their dog off leash didn’t even stop to help. Your endangering other people and animals in these snowy and slick conditions.

5 months ago

Nice, tree-covered trail that isn’t too difficult for being around 10,000 ft. Falls are partially frozen around this time of year but still beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely wonderful! Fresh snow fall made the views extra special!

5 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, tree covered hike to the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Went in the early spring and the falls were frozen over, but loved seeing them that way!

6 months ago

Easy, relaxing hike. Saw four young mountain goats near the entrance to the trail. Beautiful forest the whole way.

walking
6 months ago

Our first hike up at this sort of altitude (just under 10,000ft I think) and it was a great intro. The first few hundred metres were tough but there were some good views throughout and the falls at the end was nice. Got there early and there was plenty of parking but it was very busy by the time we left.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail moves through Spruce and Fir forests giving it good shade for the hike. At the end of the trail there is a waterfall and the trail travels along a stream for about a mile of the hike. Trail 360 on YouTube

hiking
6 months ago

Did this trail today for the first time... nice easy hike up to the falls for some great pictures and a good spot to relax. Not too busy, and most groups had friendly dogs with them. Nice shaded forest hike most of the way up. On the way back down the trail we stopped at Horsethief Park (the prairie area off to the right) and spotted a large young bull moose in the tall grass about 80-100 yards away... incredible sight... wish I could have got my camera out before he spotted us and trotted off down into the valley.

hiking
7 months ago

The first 0.5 mi are fine, no great views and not the best terrain (sloped to the side). However, once past this part the trail is well maintained and moderate difficulty. The falls are not huge but a really nice place to relax, have lunch and decide if pressing on is on the schedule for the future.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful waterfall. Very short hike. Came with my little sisters ages 9 & 12.

8 months ago

Loved this hike. It was a bit muddy but the moisture allows for tons of wild mushrooms. The waterfall hike was shirt so we took the park trail which was an entirely different ecosystem but equally as beautiful.

8 months ago

Beautiful. Horse thief falls is a lovely way to end pancake rock trail. I was so happy to see not a piece of littler along the trails. Respectful hikers with their dogs.

8 months ago

Steep climb, but the view was worth it!

8 months ago

Challenging at first, but the trail evens out and leads you to a beautiful waterfall!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, challenging and really perfect hike. Can't wait to do it again

hiking
8 months ago

Found this great little hike for the family. It was the perfect distance for my two and five year old with a fun waterfall to explore at the end.

hiking
8 months ago

Very clean trail, lots of shade and not too much foot traffic.Great trail for kids.

9 months ago

very good hike that levels out towards the end and has some amazing views. can also hit pancake rock on your way back.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike that's family and dog-friendly.

9 months ago

This trail was beautiful but some places were a little steep for young kids. The waterfalls were not as big or glorious as Helen Hunt Falls, but it was gorgeous nonetheless. I'm looking forward to hiking to the Pancake Rocks! (Which is the same place but 2 miles down an adjoining trail.)

10 months ago

so pretty! the waterfalls flow fairly gradually, and you're able to hike right along it. the meadows are very soothing as well. a beautiful hike, indeed!

hiking
10 months ago

Totally worth it to see the waterfalls! Clean trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked out to the waterfall today. We picked a good time, overcast with previous shower. Everything may have been wet but it was very pretty. I would say though the only "moderate" part about it is the initial elevation climb up the first half mile or so. Other then that it's very leisurely. Would definitely hike again to show someone the Falls.

10 months ago

Great hike, first trail I've come across that is adequately labeled.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy trail after initial ascent. Nice and quick with great views. The sound of the creek adds to the adventure.

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