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Pancake Rocks is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,669 ft Route type Out & Back

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Leslie James
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Hiking

Great forest trail to take for a day hike! The views are wonderful at the top. Steep all the way up but worth it! The trail is in really great condition.

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Joshua Blair
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Hiking

Trail was fantastic. We hit the trail around 6:30a and had it completely to ourselves. It’s covered all the way to the rocks, which was very pleasant. The inclines were moderate for sure but most folks should be able to push through it. I’m relatively out of shape and was able to keep a sub-30 minute per mile pace going up. You can do it, too! And the rocks at the top are a great spot to relax, get some photos, and have a bite to eat before heading down.

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Emily Adcox
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Hiking

FABULOUS hike! We did both Horsethief Falls and Pancake rocks and doing them both was 7.5 miles. There is a steady uphill climb for the first 2 miles-- but then it's rolling, and gorgeous views and a great surprise end at the rocks. Very shaded and forest-y LOVED it!

Deana Bess
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Hiking

Through the woods so lots of nice shade until the top. Kind of tough for someone not use to the altitude and bring plenty of water. Beautiful views several places and especially at the top. Took us 4 hours but we are not 20 anymore!

Claire Blackshaw
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Hiking

Great hike. The first 2 miles will get the heart pumping. The views at the top were amazing - worth it! Total time there and back 3hrs.

Joshua Sopata
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Hiking

Awesome trail. The climb up will get the heart rate pumping. Plenty of shade until you get to the actual Pancake rocks. Get there early for easy parking.

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Lina Algranti
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HikingRocky
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HikingGreat!

Super cool view and easier then pikes peak. The view out west of the ranges out their is great. The pancake rocks are pretty cools too.

Michelle Campbell
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HikingBugs

Great little hike! Definitely a steady incline the first half (nothing too crazy, but it'll raise heart rate!) then some nice little relief points where you get some downhill and level spots. Great views of nature - a couple little areas with water and snow. The pancake rocks themselves are beautiful & unique, and they're accompanied with an awesome view!

Jenna Lowery
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HikingIcySnow

Not a challenging hike, and the views are nice. The trail is in excellent condition, if you come prepared. I used my snowshoes in the morning to get good traction in the forest. By my descent at 10am, the snow was soft and the people now coming up with only sneakers were slipping, post holing, and moving very cautiously.

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Theresa Costa
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HikingIcyMuddy

Beautiful. The way up is a beast, be prepared.

Judit Cserto
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HikingSnow

We used tractions on our shoes all along. Snowy trail all along, some parts icy. On 3/29/2020.

Garrett Forster
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HikingIcySnow
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Dave Brown
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HikingSnow

Beautiful hike and conditions on Sunday 8 March. Soft snowpack 99% of the way with just a handful of short icy spots.

Marissa Hamilton
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Hiking

beautiful snowy hike!

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The Blair’s
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HikingIcySnow

Awesome trail and the rocks at the end are so cool & unique! Tons of beautiful photo ops. Trail is covered in ice and snow right now but we were fine in boots with poles! Great hike! Hid some 719 Rocks!

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Chris Golkiewicz
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HikingSnow

Hiked 11/9. Trail was mostly snow covered, with a little ice in some spots. We didn’t have micro spikes and it was fine. I would say it’s a moderate hike, maybe hard if you aren’t in good shape or hike a lot. There were lots of dogs on the trail and our dog loved it too. Most of the hike is through wooded forest up switchbacks. At the very end it opens up and the views are amazing. The pancake rocks are cool too. Clocked 6.7 miles without the falls. Overall great (busy) trail and beautiful.

Nathan Byers
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Hiking

Hiked this 11/2. This trail fringes on Hard, especially in the snow. There is a LONG stretch with a constant uphill grade that will tire you out, especially up over 10,000 ft for 85% of the trail. The snow made it even harder. Not icy, but just snowy. Long hike but such beautiful views and trail winding through the woods. The views once you arrive at the top are breathtaking and awesome. Definitely worth it, but it may kick your butt!

Darryl Gregory
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Hiking

Great trail. The sign says 2 miles from the horsethief trail crossing. It’s a little longer. The trail is definitely a bit harder than expected but good. Didn’t make it to the top because of dogs injury but worth it for a good workout. Did the trail 3 days ago. Lots of shade as well

Vanessa Wray Montano
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning fall colors and would rate this as hard

Diana H.
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Hiking

outstanding views!

Kelly Moon
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Hiking

Loved it! Perfect timing. The trees are just amazing right now. Challenging uphill at start. 1 hr 15 minutes to pancake rock. You see all the Aspens from there.

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Richard Barkley
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Hiking

Outstanding day and a hike. Sunny with a little bit of breeze at the top. Mid 60s. Aspens were about 90%..

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Nick Farmer
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Hiking

with reference to the quick elevation gain and the consistent climbing, I'd feel comfortable if the rating for this trail were hard. Beautiful hike, but deceiving.

Lindsey Norwood
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Hiking

I hiked this trail with my dog on a Monday at 8am in late June (no snow). Besides the very bottom when I finished (about 10:30am), I only encountered one other person at the top. There aren’t amazing views the whole way, just a peaceful forest, but the trail abruptly opens up to the rocks and it is so worth it. The first 2 miles are pretty consistently uphill, then it flattens and does some little ups and downs before the rocks. Gorgeous viewpoint with some very unique rock formations! I will be coming back here for sure!

Robert Beaird
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HikingMuddySnow

lots of the trail is still buried under snow drifts. easy to lose the trail. snow is very wet and loose, spikes and poles highly recommended

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