ElevationAscent: 639' 195 m
Descent: -646' -197 m
High: 10,333' 3,150 m
Low: 9,711' 2,960 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A mellow meander to Horsethief Falls.”— K Keiter
Family Friendly Pack the baby in the Kelty and lace up the older kids’ boots and head to the waterfall! Plus a chance to teach stewardship of pack in pack out.
Camping is permitted along the trail and is recommended 300’ from any trail or stream. Use no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/Pack it out rule applies. Campfire permits are not required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Respect other trail users.
At the fork, continue straight to head to Horsethief Falls Trail (#704AA). There are no signs to follow at this point, but this is the transition to Pancake Rocks Trail (#704A). The footpath continues to be fairly easy and wide. You'll only be on this section of Pancake Rocks Trail (#704A) for about 0.2 miles before Pancake Rocks Trail (#704A) splits to the right. There will be signage at the junction.
At the junction, continue straight onto Horsethief Falls Trail (#704AA). The trail narrows and begins to meander through mixed pines as it gains slightly in elevation. Again, the path moves alongside the creek and starts to head toward the falls. Enjoy the sunlight streaming through the pines and climb alongside the rocks to enjoy the cascading of the water.
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