Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail

MODERATE 156 reviews
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Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Midland, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Hiking on the back side of Pikes Peak This is a popular place in the summer - easily 20 cars in the parking area around the trailhead. The trail is covered most of the time, and the pine, spruce and aspen trees create a shimmering mosaic of light and sound. 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 takes to reach them.

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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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Tree covered hike up to Pancake Rocks.. elevation gain is consistent so beware if you're not acclimated to the altitude or the continuous upward hike. Views are incredible! (Beware of birds who will "stalk" you for food.)

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Loved this hike! Great views and a lot to see. Keep going if you feel like it’s about time to turn around before you get to pancake rock. Gets to a point where you don’t think you’re going the right way but you are! Met some other people while on the trail who felt the same. Happy hiking!

Loved this hike ! Lots to see in terms of views , waterfalls , etc all in one . Trail is shaded for most of the time . Beautiful hike ! Parking was easy and its dog friendly !

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Gorgeous view at the top!

2 months ago

Fun hike! Half of the Aspens are bare - so hurry while you can!!! I give it one more week!

2 months ago

Amazing hike for the fall time, beautiful views. Listen to your body, you're up over 10,000 ft, no reason to push it. Parts really suck because of the elevation climb, but the scenery makes it so worth it. It took us 5 hours to do all of it and to explore for a good hour. Cant wait to go back.

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2 months ago

Despite every second that I felt like I was dying the hike and the views were well worth it.

2 months ago

Great but challenging hike!

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2 months ago

Hiked 9/21/17
Brutal elevation gain from the start. Great views west and south with plenty of fall colors to see as well. Might as well include the falls on your trip, not as heavy as ive seen it in the past but the water was delicious.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

great trail with beautiful views. it is rather hard because it just goes up and up but the views are worth it.