Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail

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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 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

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.

3 days 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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5 days ago

Gorgeous view at the top!

17 days ago

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

18 days 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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24 days ago

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

27 days ago

Great but challenging hike!

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29 days 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.

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

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1 month ago

Beautiful...great view.

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1 month ago

Nice hike! Hiked Pancake Rocks Trail first and took Horsethief Falls Trail on way back. Its a short distance from the split of the two trails to the falls. The Trails are on the west side of Pikes Peak and are part of the Ring The Peak trail system. From the Parking lot to completion of both trails back to parking lot, is approximately 7 miles. Have a great Hike!

2 months ago

Difficult hike to pancake rocks- uphill switchbacks for about a mile and a half, flat and then uphill again. The view is well worth the hike! There is also a half mile option to go see the waterfall (horsethief falls) - rushing and quite relaxing. I recommend doing the pancake rocks hike and then coming back down and relaxing by the waterfall to cool off. Careful of elevation! Shaded for the most part.