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Horsethief Falls Trail, Colorado. Photo By: Winston Walker.
Horsethief Falls Trail, Colorado. Photo By: Winston Walker.

Horsethief Falls Trail

Things to do


This small but pretty waterfall is nestled beneath the bare ridges that make up the west side of Pikes Peak. The trail begins at a closed and gated tunnel along Colorado Highway 67 between Divide and Cripple Creek. The hike begins steeply but evens out as Horsethief Park, a pretty mountain meadow, opens up to the left. A trail running north through that meadow is part of the Ring-the-Peak trail system. Another to the right goes to Pancake Rocks. To get to the falls, continue another half-mile past the trail junction.

Pro Tips

  • This is a pretty short hike for what may be a long drive for Colorado Springs residents, so you can lengthen it by taking the 2-mile trail to Pancake Rocks.
  • For an even greater adventure, head north through Horsethief Park and follow a cairned path up through the tundra to one of Pikes Peak ridges, which offers long views of the peak and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Continue on to Sentinel Point, a heap of boulders to the south affording even greater views.
  • The waterfall flows best in spring, but the aspens along Colorado Highway 67 make this a great late-September hike.

Recommended season(s): Spring to fall.

R. Scott Rappold

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