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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Pikes Peak Ranger District

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Horsethief Falls Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,040 Feet (324.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,740 Feet (3347.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 137, Pikes Peak Atlas
Trail Number: 704B
USGS Maps: Quad Maps: Cripple Creek, Pikes Peak

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General Description

Horsethief Falls Trail, #704B, may be accessed from Highway 67 at Horsethief Park Trailhead. It is open to foot, mountain bike and horse traffic. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. This trail is a moderately difficult trail of 1.5 miles and an elevation change of 750'. The trail will fork, with the right fork becoming Pancake Rocks trail, and the left fork becoming Horsethief Park Trail. Continue straight, this is the Horsethief Falls Trail. This trail travels through woods to reach a waterfall. From there you must return to the trailhead the way you came.

Directions from Colorado Springs: From Colorado Springs, take Highway 24, through Woodland Park, toDivide. Turn south on Highway 67 and drive 8 miles until you see a closed tunnel.Parking is available on the other side of the closed tunnel.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Isaac
Time of Day: many
Length of Time: 1.5
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: the first .5 miles is fairly uphill. Don't be discouraged. After that it stays level until trail split. uphill to pancake rock but offers great view at the 'top'. To the left at the split takes you to the falls (when they are flowing), climb the large rocks to the left to get above tree tops for views. Great aspens.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Horsethief Falls Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horsethief Falls Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Horsethief Falls Trail

Related Activities
Horsethief Park Trail - Horsethief Park Trail, #704, is located on Highway 67 at Horsethief Park Trailhead. It is open to foot, mountain bike and horse traffic.

Horsethief Park Trailhead - Horsethief Park Trailhead provides access to 3 short trails within the Horsethief Park area. All trails are open to foot and horse traffic.

Pancake Rocks Trail - Pancake Rocks Trail, #704A, is located on Highway 67 at Horsethief Park Trailhead. It is open to foot, mountain bike and horse traffic.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pikes Peak Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 601 South Weber Street , Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, Phone: 719-636-1602, Fax: 719-477-8273


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