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Horsethief to the Crags Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
#70 of 124 trails in

Horsethief to the Crags Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.1 miles
2066 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





nature trips





wild flowers


Hidden Beauty Along "Ring the Peak" Trail This is a beautiful section of the "Ring the Peak" trail system. The distance from Horsethief Falls trailhead to Putney Gulch trailhead is 4 miles. You can begin at either end; both are easily accessible to cars. The Putney Gulch location is also used for camping, and there are several good camping spots along the trail if you want to do more than a four hour (eight mile) day hike. If you want to spend more time, there are several opportunities to explore off the main trail. But this is not the only spot that might capture your heart. You'll find beaver ponds, fields of flowers, mountain meadows, flowing streams, shady aspen groves and velvet floored fir forests. While you can hike out and back in a stress-free half day, you may want to plan for more time, so you can stop and enjoy the spots that capture your heart.

1 month ago

We were so excited for this trail! But we only got up two switchbacks before we had to turn around due to ice. March is not the time for this trail sadly. We'll catch this one next time we're back in Colorado Springs!

7 months ago

First hike in CO, couple of flat-landers. Terrific scenery and a few obvious sites for back country camping. The last mile or so is on a dirt road, leading to the crags trailhead (parking lot and restrooms). From there, you can continue on to the crags, up raspberry Mt. After some uphill, moderately trafficked trail, there is a fork in the path to Devils playground/pikes peak.

7 months ago

Hiked from the Putney trailhead to horsethief falls. Enjoyable hike. Will go back in the fall for the gold aspens. Only one on the trail

8 months ago

Monday, December 08, 2014

I'd rate this on the easy side of moderate. Very easy trail to follow, with the exception of the trail to the top of the falls. The falls is totally frozen over right now, so it looks awesome. Dog friendly with a water crossing once early on and when you get to the falls.