This overlook on the west side of Pikes Peak is a collection of massive flat rocks, piled on top of each other like, you guessed it, a stack of pancakes. The trail begins at a gated mine tunnel on Colorado Highway 67 north of Victor, the same trailhead for Horsethief Falls. Follow the main trail for one mile, with the meadow of Horsethief Park to your left. The trail to Pancake Rocks heads off to the right and switchbacks up a wooded ridge. There may be a sign for the Ring the Peak Trail, an incomplete loop trail that actually ends a short distance after Pancake Rocks. You’ll reach the rocks in about two miles, passing through aspen groves. Look for Cripple Creek and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the distance. Return the way you came.
Recommended season(s): Year-round (traction or snowshoes may be necessary in snowy winters).
–R. Scott Rappold