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A singletrack trail, popular with hikers, to Pancake Rocks that is part of Ring the Peak system.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.9

KM

Singletrack

11,026' 3,361 m

High

10,085' 3,074 m

Low

1,032' 315 m

Up

553' 169 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Description

This trail is a 3.5-mile up-and-back to Pancake Rocks. While it is listed as part of Ring the Peak, the portion after Pancake Rocks is not completed and the trail comes to a stop in an aspen grove. It is best to ride to the rock formations and ride back.

From Hwy 67, the first 0.3 miles of the trail is quite steep. On the northward side, the Horsethief Park Trail turns off after about a mile. The trail to Horsethief Falls and to Pancake Rocks continues westward for a little bit before climbing 900 feet to about 11,000ft in a series of switchbacks.

These switchbacks are more intimidating on the map, with grades between 10-20%, but are actually not bad to ride with only a few technically challenging areas.

At mile two, the trail levels out, with a few ups and downs before ending at mile 3.5 at the Pike's granite hoodoos that are the Pancake Rock formations. At the top, spectacular views extend southward towards Cripple Creek, and further to the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.

While a trail does descend from the southeastern side of the rocks, it goes only about a half a mile before coming to a dead end in an aspen grove. Bushwhacking skills are necessary to reach the bottom at Hwy 67, and not recommended. Plans for a trail in this area as part of the Ring the Peak system are still in development.

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Shared By:

Allen Tanner

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Views stretch toward Cripple Creek all the way to the Sangre de Cristo range 100 miles away.
Oct 15, 2016 near Cripple…, CO
Early morning light warms up Pancake Rocks.
Oct 15, 2016 near Cripple…, CO

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Oct 16, 2023
Gary George
This is mostly a hiking trail, unless one enjoys pushing their bike up slippery gravel for most of the climb. 8.2mi — 2h 22m
Jul 9, 2020
Barry Hamilton
Rode pancake. Didn't realize the trail continued after 8mi
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