It turned out to be a beautiful 7 mile hike to Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls today. We got there about 9 and finished about 2. It was chilly in the shade (which is a big portion of the hike) and the trail had snow. Our tracks were the first to disturb the snow on the final climb to Pancake Rocks, but several people soon followed in our footsteps, literally. Elevation gain about 1500 ft, topping off at about 11,200 ft.
Dusky Grouse (formerly Blue Grouse)
Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine
Gray Jays (Camp Robbers)
Chickaree (Rock Squirrel)
Prescribed burn near Lake George?
Here is an article about the trails http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/tellercounty/life/horsethief-park-trail-leads-into-history/article_5fe08e88-1dd9-5526-8b9a-342cc0235fac.html?mode=story
It sounds like we need to takethat 'first branch' to Horsethief Park to see if the ruins are still there (water may be a bit high right now), and we also need to take the Ring the Peak toward the Crags sometime still.