Summary: From the parking area the trail begins by heading East along the road. The trail does two switchbacks and then continues east along an old road. Upon reaching Horsethief park the trail levels out and there are several nice camping spots along the trail. Continue on through the park past a sign that will tell you when you are a half mile from the falls. The falls are made by a small stream and during dry times in the fall will not always be flowing. Please be careful where you walk near the falls as to not damage the delicate environment.
Trailhead: Take Highway 24 West to Divide. At Divide turn south on highway 67 and go a little over 9 miles. The road will pass by the old tunnel entrance. Continue to the other (South) side of the tunnel to find the parking area. (Lat:38.83462 Lon:-105.13721)
Trail Guides for Horsethief Falls:
Mountain Biking Colorado Springs Second Edition
by David Crowell (The Globe Pequot Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Pikes Peak Ranger District 719-636-1602
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Sue on 7/19/2011
Hiked this trail last summer. Really nice hike with water the whole way. I can't wait to try this one in the winter!
Reviewed by Luther on 6/18/2011
This trail is a very pleasant trail. For being mid June I was still surprised by the snow still in the creek bed just below the falls. I was even greeted by snow pellets briefly. I made a side trip to the left and hike up the valley on the left side of all the beaver ponds for about a half a mile. This trail would be worth repeating.
Reviewed by Denise on 2/2/2011
Hiked early Sept 2010. We live in Colorado Springs, so this was perfect for a day trip family hike. The fall colors were beautiful and I can't wait to see it in Spring!
Reviewed by LC on 1/24/2011
Our family of seven (9yrs old and up)and our lab hiked this trail on Christmas day. Beautiful! The path was covered with snow and the falls were frozen. We had an excellent time climbing the falls and listening to the water rush behind the ice. My son found one section he could easily slide down. Can't wait to come back and see the falls when they're not frozen!
Reviewed by Victoria on 10/31/2010
Dennis, Too bad you missed the moose that rambled through here. You must be new to the area.
Reviewed by Dennis on 7/5/2010
This goes to the Horsethief Falls PDF of Making Tracks. It has "moose" listed. It has moose listed? Makes the entire document suspect. Author unknown, but illustrator is Sheri Amsel.
Reviewed by FJ on 3/15/2009
This place is gorgeous in the winter. My full review, complete with photographs can be found at Horsethief Falls.
Reviewed by KC on 2/23/2008
Beautiful in the winter! Snowshoes make this an ideal morning hike, although not necessary because the snow on the trail is rather packed down though not enough to be icy. Secluded and scenic, hiking the frozen waterfall at the end was worth the trip. Great dog hike...she loved the drifts.
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