Pancake Rocks is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Laneville, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.7 miles
124 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers

over grown

Great little hike off forest road 70 in the roaring plains region. This trail is not marked other than frequent cairns along the path. The path itself is not too hard of a hike but it is relatively not maintained so plan on having to bend under a few branches and walk through a few small boulder fields.

1 month ago

Thanks to other reviewers, was able to easily find the beginning. With all the rhododendron, trail is a little tricky to follow on the way up, just keep a close eye out for the rock cairns. View at the top is beautiful.

2 months ago

So once I found the right road to start from the trail head was easy to find. At first I started from a road that had a kiosk and I thought was 70 but was not, so I wasted about an hour looking for the cairn off the wrong road. A few miles up the road 70 was clearly marked. The first few cairns are easy to spot but get harder and harder to follow because there is so much moss and fungus growing on them they blend right in. It was exciting to search for them but it would be easy to lose the trail and I was by myself. Overall it was a really fun scrabbley little trail and was beautiful at the top.
Thanks to Michiko's comment with directions on how to find it otherwise I would've missed out on this one.

3 months ago

Thanks to others reviewers I was able to find this nice hike. There was barely a trail and if it wasn’t for the cairns along the way we would might not have made our way to the top. It was fun trying to find each pile going up. Rewarding views at the top with a bit of a rock scramble.

4 months ago

Fantastic view! This is a great short hike--definitely worth it. Have to park on side of road in front of gated Forest Road 70. Need to walk about 0.2-0.3 miles to trailhead. Trailhead is not marked. You have to look to the left of the road for a cairn that marks the start of the path. (If you walk 0.4 miles down the road, you missed the path. Turn around.) Follow cairns up the entire path to the summit. Climb is not too hard, and is short enough. Beautiful moss and ferns.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Love the green mossy trails on the hike to Pancake Rocks :-)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This is a great trail, super cool view at the top!

Monday, August 10, 2015