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Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls Trail

HARD 138 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

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Check out a 4K 360 view of this whole trail on YouTube. https://youtu.be/E_mg2muNwN8
Know what to expect before you head out to the trailhead; including where to park, how steep of a climb, and where are the best spots for a great view.
-Trail 360

10 days ago

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16 days ago

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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17 days ago

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22 days ago

Beautiful...great view.

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22 days ago

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24 days 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!

1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike! It's quiet and shaded! The very start of the hike is challenging with switchbacks and continuous uphill but it flattens out a bit after about 10mins or so. We took the 1/2 mile (1mile RT) detour to Horsethief falls and it was well worth it! Rushing waterfall in August! Then we made our way up to Pancake rock! This is the hard part - it's continuous uphill with switchbacks! It seems to last for about a Mille! Then there's about another mile of relaxing hiking until you get to the rocks. You will descend for a short time as well. The trail was full of a variety of mushrooms! It is Dog Friendly! You do hike up to about 11,000 ft so be cautious of the elevation!

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Started at about 9am and went to the falls first. Didn't see anyone on that part of the trail, but the bit heading to Pancake Rocks was more well trafficked. The switchbacks were challenging, but I would consider it on the hard side of moderate. Some pretty views on the way up to the rocks! The rocks themselves are a nice place for lunch and open views of the area. Lots of fun varieties of mushrooms to see as well :)

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Also, I left my keys in the back of my SUV, some wonderful people put them on the running board. So thankful for that!!!!

Still great people in the world!!!!

1 month ago

It was tranquil, and covered from the heat. Wish the rain, thunderstorms and hail hadn't scared us off so quickly!!!

1 month ago

Pleasant hike. Terrain isn't too steep and trail is easy to follow without getting lost. View from the top is beautiful too. Would give 5 stars if not for the name. The pancake rocks didn't even look like pancakes, like has the person who named the rocks even had pancakes before? If so they must have been some pretty crappy pancakes. Pancakes are meant to be thin and circular, and the rocks look more like big fat deer turds or marshmallows. Smores rocks would've been more appropriate. If you're expecting to find a perfect golden IHOP stack of pancake looking rocks at the end of this hike, you will be disappointed.

hiking
1 month ago