Horsethief Falls Trail

MODERATE 159 reviews
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Horsethief Falls Trail is a 2.6 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
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

hiking
9 minutes ago

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

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hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, tree covered hike to the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

2 months ago

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

walking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
3 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.