Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail

HARD 101 reviews
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Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1929 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

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.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

This one was a burner. First mile or so was not that bad and the falls were amazing, but the sign that says two miles to pancake rocks was very misleading. It was basically straight up. It was awesome when I got to the top and found the rocks, but I was bushwacked! Important to note follow the whole trail. Don't stop at the top of the switchback you still have a bit of a ways to go. Still amazing view and an ok trail. The trail could use some maintenance there were some fallen trees and washed out spots.

4 days ago

Third time we hiked it and the first time with our young dogs we all loved it and will be back

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7 days ago

Very nice trail, but don't underestimate the elevation gain. We ended up taking the pancake route and were shocked at the length and steepness of the incline. We also were almost to the summit when we saw a black (brown fur) bear about 100 yards away. That freaked us out so we reversed course and headed back down.

Still, a very nice, wide trail almost all in the shade.

12 days ago

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20 days ago

As of 6/2/17, the trail is snow free, with only a few remnant ice patches impinging on the trail, easily worked around. We two 66 year olds (one with 2 artificial knees) rate this hike moderate but challenging. Some steep areas that you need to be in shape for. Great hike!

23 days ago

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23 days ago

My wife and I are not expert hikers by any means, but we felt that this trail does not deserve a Hard rating as it was moderate at best. The view from the Pancake rocks was incredible, and we loved this hike.

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25 days ago

This was a very hard trail, and until the snow melts, finding the trail proves to be a little difficult. But once we made it along the path, we loved it. The views are amazing, the hike itself is hard so be ready for it. I definitely want to be back to train up there because of the altitude. We took our dogs and they handled it just fine!

29 days ago

Previous heavy snowfall prior to this hike, but that didn't stop us! The hike up is absolutely stunning and the views just couldn't have been any better.

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1 month ago

We ended up here due to temp closure of Crags but the hike was great. Lots of snow/ice mix on the way but the views at the top were great. Several other trails around to explore as well. Make sure to visit the falls just before the turn to go up to Pancake. When the trail levels out just before Pancake there is a RTP marker go right to some smaller rocks for a view West.

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1 month ago

Still had some ice and slush on it, wore the spikes for 3/4 of it. Great views and condition though

1 month ago

First trail I've done up to 11k elevation, and it was a great way to try out something at higher altitude. Really well maintained trail, easy to follow. Snow and ice packed almost the entire way up. We did it in just hiking boots without micro spikes or poles, but they definitely would have helped. Do this trial, you'll love it. Plus the drive to the trailhead is stunning. The trail is a T, so you can choose to either go to the falls first or pancake rocks. We went to the rocks first and hit the falls on our way down. Took us (decently fit, late 20s) about 1:45 to get to the top of pancake rocks, 3:30 total including breaks and lunch.

2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great Hike, Trail is very snow and Ice packed all the way. Only had one pair of Yaktax's so had to share between two people. Made the trip interesting. As the snow and ice started to melt the trip down was challenging. Worth the time it takes. Got to trial head around 9:00 am and we were the only one's on the trail until our trip down at 1:00pm. Love the view from the rocks. Take your spikes if you want to make the trip easier. It's a challenge without them. It's a long way up but worth it once you get there.