Explore the most popular birding trails near Midland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

9 days ago

Trail is downhill for 1 mile and uphill for 1 mile. Stay on the wide path that looks like a narrow road until you get to the steps. Trail is easy to follow from there. Beautiful scenery.

Well marked and great views along the way

Great trail, nice and cool in the trees. A bit sad that the waterfalls were quite dried up. I would do it again.

Excellent trial. I would recommend doing Pancake Rocks first and then hit Horsethief Falls Second. The switch backs and slight incline on Pancake Rock trail were moderately hard (comparing to incline). Beautiful sight. Work the hike!

Me and my wife did this last Thursday. Fun, pretty hike. Bet it’s amazing in the fall. Lots of heavy breathing the first day up coming from Kansas but got us nice and acclimated quick! The falls were nice with a little water flowing, pancake rocks were great to explore around also.

The hike was intense. We were there a little under 3.5 hours between hiking, exploring and a lunch stop. The hike is definitely better then the end views. There were some steep incline areas and some nice flat areas. It was peaceful and challenging at the same time.

Went on 5/15/18. Very little traffic. Moderately difficult hike, because of the incline. Was a tiny bit difficult to find the falls though, after the sign the trail wasn't marked. Probably harder than usual because the falls were still mostly frozen. Easy to find the pancake rocks point. Was slightly disappointed there weren't pancakes waiting there for me ;p took a nice little relaxing nap at the end with no interruptions from other people before coming down.

Decent short trail with some fair elevation change. The falls arent very strong given the low snow this year and lack of rain.

Great hike, challenging once you make the turn to go up to Pancake. Worth the hike. When we came back down quite a few folks going up. Definitely dog friendly. The extra half mile over the the falls was worth it. Although there wasn’t much water flowing.

No snow on trail. Good views at the end.

This was a very scenic and accessible trail with lots of nice, well-used campsites. Be sure to make time to relax on the rocks!

Hiked 5/23/18- No snow on the trail except for two patches on the way to Horsethief Falls, which is still mostly frozen at this point. It is still worth the short trek to (its all level) see it in my opinion. The trail to Pancake Rocks starts off a bit steeper than expected. It rises through a series of switchbacks that take up up a mountain side. This was definitely more difficult than i expected. However, after these switchbacks you come up over a hill and the trail is all level with some downhill for the rest of the way. Granted this means some uphill on the way back but its not too bad. The trail ends at the rocks and there is plenty of opportunity for exploring them. I thought this was a fun hike with a good destination that has some good views too.

This was a great hike! The views aren't as majestic as other locales, but the trail was a fun outing.

Finding the trail head is easy and is directly on highway 67, but parking is limited.

The hike to the rocks is a fairly significant incline with some switchbacks. The forest is thick and once you are on the trail you feel completely alone. Some on the trail felt the elevation gain was more difficult than advertised, but if you are in reasonable shape it should be more than doable.

The rock formations at the top are interesting but I would say this hike is about the trail not the destination. The waterfall was pretty anticlimactic. It is beginning to melt but still frozen.

Hiked the trail yesterday. My girlfriend and I (both from Oklahoma) both wore tennis shoes and brought just a small day pack. There were a couple of slick spots, not really a problem at all until we went downhill. Still not bad though, make for funny videos actually! Falls were still frozen and probably will be for a while longer. Pack food and water. Trail was very easy to navigate. It's mostly covered by the trees, make sure to go off trail near the top and look out when you get the chance, there are some large boulders, everywhere, that overlook distant mountains and the valleys. Very beautiful and enjoyable hike!

this is beautiful Scenic hike! however I wish other people would keep their dog on the leash as the trail rules say you need to. passed lots of hikers today not a single one of them had their dog on a leash. so frustrating that no one seems to be able to follow Trail rules.

Awesome hike. The way up is almost as enjoyable as the view at the top. Slick in many places. We started by 9 and didn’t see too many people. We also did Horsethief and checked out the frozen waterfall. A great day.

Always beautiful...hiked with a friend....after working overnight...relatively easy hike with stunning views at the top....

Easy to follow the entire way. Absolutely stunning views by the pancake rocks. Some of the nicest hikers and dog-friendly folk I've yet encountered. What a great surprise it was like a fall day in February.

A beautiful hike, especially in the Fall.

This is an easy trail to find (trailhead is next to a short train tunnel on the side of the road). It is a relatively steep trail but very well marked and relatively well traveled. We typically carry up a lunch with us and sit on the rocks overlooking the valley. It has been an annual hike for us for the last 12 years on vacation and will continue to be so.

Trail today was snow packed. Spikes are recommended:) the trail was beautiful today.

Please respect the trail rules and keep dogs on leash. We passed 3 people today with dogs off leash and I️t was extremely frustrating. Our dog panics when others are off leash and she is confined to a leash. She actually got tangled and fell off the side of the mountain after someone didn’t have their pet on a leash. She flipped and slid 30 feet down while tangled. Of course the people who had their dog off leash didn’t even stop to help. Your endangering other people and animals in these snowy and slick conditions.

Tree covered hike up to Pancake Rocks.. elevation gain is consistent so beware if you're not acclimated to the altitude or the continuous upward hike. Views are incredible! (Beware of birds who will "stalk" you for food.)

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 !

Gorgeous view at the top!

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

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.

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

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