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Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail

HARD 88 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.

8 hours 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 day 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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17 days ago

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

30 days 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.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 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.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great hike today. The trail is slick and ice packed pretty much the whole way. We did it without poles or spikes, but it was not easy. Beautiful at the top. I brought my Border Collie, and she did great. Dog parents; it does no good to use a poop bag if your going to leave it on the side of the trail!

2 months ago

Great hike all around! Definitely a climb to get up to the rocks but it's well worth it. The trail is snowpacked the entire way and several parts are icy so I would recommend poles and microspikes if you have them.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike all the way through. It's a tough one but the pay off is amazing! Love this trail! It is exactly 5 miles from Mueller State Park, there is no posted sign but you'll see a pull of on either side of the highway. If your going in the winter months make sure to bring ice trekkers, poles or yak tracks as it is extremely icy in the sunny spots as the snow melts and freezes again!

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3 months ago

Park just behind the old closed tunnel on Co.Hwy 67, you will see the cars as there is no sign for "Pancake rocks trail". You will need to follow the trail until you find the ONLY sign for this. From here you can go strait and go to the "Horse thief falls" or go right for the "Pancake rocks". Have a nice day and a nice hike everyone, please leave the place nice and clean like you found it for others to enjoy.

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3 months ago

Pancake Rocks are really something to see. If you go in the late summer months, pay attention to the weather, especially in the late afternoon, as thunderstorms can roll in quickly.

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Trails in great shape. About 3.3 miles each way. Mostly uphill in.

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

This was a great trail up to the falls and then onto the Pancake Rocks with my 9 year old daughter. Being that we just moved here from Texas it was indeed a challenge due to the changes in altitude but we persevered. The views we absolutely stunning even though we missed the Aspens in full color. Only downside was all the dog poop in bags along the Horsethief Falls Trail that people left behind.

hiking
7 months ago

This is such a pretty hike with a treat at the top with the pancake rocks and views. It's usually not as crowded as the Crags. Beautiful in the fall when the Aspens turn.