OverviewPikes Peak, the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Tenmile/Mosquito Range, and the Sawatch.
Getting ThereMidland Terminal Railroad Tunnel Trailhead 9,800 feet
From the town of Divide, located on US 24 up Ute Pass from Colorado Springs, drive to the only stoplight in Divide. Turn south on HWY 67S, and drive 9.5 miles on this road until you come to a closed railroad tunnel (The Midland Terminal Railroad Tunnel). Slow down, and park shortly on the other side of the closed railroad tunnel in a large, paved parking area. There is overflow parking on the other side of the road.
This trailhead is open year-round.
When To ClimbSentinel Point can be climbed year-round. A winter or early spring climb would considerably increase route finding and scrambling difficulties.
CampingThe Crags Campground is nearby, and offers pay camping.
Meuller State Park is also nearby, and has several camping areas. It is a fee area.
Along this route, there are also several informal campsites in the Pike National Forest. These are non-pay sites, and have no amenities.
Mountain ConditionsNOAA Weather Link for the Pikes Peak area.
You can contact the Pike National Forest Rangers at 719-636-1602 for current trailhead conditions and Pike National Forest conditions.
Horsethief ParkHorsethief Park was once the hideout of horse thieves in the old Cripple Creek and Divide (called Hayden in those days) region during the height of the gold boom.
Today, it is a very popular hiking, biking, and cross country skiing area and has three main trails. These hikes are definitely worth a trip to the area. Refer to the TOPO map below for the routes for these three hikes. Colors refer to the route colors on the map. The red route is the shared start from the parking area.
Horsethief Falls Forest Service 704B
This trail is 1.75 miles one way from the parking area. Not really a waterfall, these "falls" are more of a cascade of water down Pikes Peak granite. There is about an 8 foot fall at the bottom.
Pancake Rocks Forest Service 704A
This trail is 2.75 miles one way from parking near the tunnel. This steep trail deposits you at the top of an amazing lookout with really strange rock formations. The "Pancake Rocks" appear to be stacked one atop the other. These formations were carved in the Pikes Peak granite by weathering.
Horsethief Park Trail Forest Service 704
This one is 1.5 miles one way from parking. Cross a stream and travel down an old road into a beautiful basin with beaver ponds. Try to imagine the old horse thieves that hid here over a century ago.