Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail

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Pike National Forest

Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily 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: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,837 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

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.

hiking
1 day ago

awesome trail, moderate amount of traffic. Hard uphill start and elevation gain, but settles off after a few miles. beautiful view from the rocks!

Great trail. Mostly up hill to begin. The trail was very easy to follow And mostly clear. It took about 2.5 hours with a few stops. The rocks and view were definitely worth it!

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked this with my dog on 5/22/20. Loved the trail, but needed better traction on my footwear. Next time will do Pancake Rocks before Horsethief Falls due to length/difficulty. Still some very limited snow patches in shady spots.

11 days ago

we hike this trail every year. mainly for the fall colors. usually pretty busy. overall great trail

Dry conditions. Easy to follow trail. Recorded 7.5 miles. Falls are currently flowing and all snow is melted.

hiking
16 days ago

Very nice hike and well-maintained trail. Steady uphill climb almost all the way to the top, definitely gets the heart thumping! The view up top is beautiful. I hiked it in about 3h45m so I found the timing to be accurate.

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked this back in January and it was absolutely amazing. It was completely covered in snow and the incline was rough for us coming from Texas where we have flat land. None the less, it was worth every second. The views are stunning and we captured some great shots.

A bit of an incline at some parts. Little snow but it is melting, some muddy parts. Beautiful views at the top!

hiking
19 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! It was quite the workout, but it felt great! We enjoyed our lunch sitting on one of the rocks, soaking in the views! Took us 3 hrs 15 minutes to complete the hike.

hiking
20 days ago

This is a great hike: steady uphill through the trees, but not too difficult. Some good views along the way, but the views from the top are 180-degrees of spectacular. No more snow on the trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Great uphill workout. Challenging, but won’t kill you. A few areas of packed snow but no spikes or snowshoes needed. Plenty of coverage. Get there early. The parking area holds maybe 15 cars; you have to park on the side of the road otherwise. I got there at 8AM on a Sunday and was the third car there. I didn’t see anybody on the way up, but for fun counted the number of people on the way down: 47 people and 9 doggos.

9/10

Very nice. A little icy but I did it without my spikes just fine. I would have preferred them but I was ok. Beautiful hike as always.

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1 month ago

Beautiful view at the top plenty of places to explore and rest among the rocks however the trail is still snow packed in many areas and / or melting and muddy, some type of shoe spikes or walking sticks would help although I had neither and did fine.

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1 month ago

Bit more difficult than normal due to the snow and some muddiness. spikes and poles are helpful (i used mine alkost the whole time) but i saw plenty of people who didnt have them.

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snow
1 month ago

This trail has everything, woods, views, meadows, rocks to explore. The snow made the climb more difficult but the views are worth it. Definitely worth taking poles and/or shoe traction. Not impossible without but people without were also falling.

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1 month ago

4/6/20 Beautiful day, beautiful hike!! About 95% of the Trail was packed snow and ice. Don’t think we would have made it up such an incline without our spikes. HIGHLY recommend wearing some if you do this trail anytime soon. Had the entire trail to ourselves all day! The view at the top is absolutely incredible.

Spikes will help or snow shoes

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