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Balanced Rock Rd.

Intermediate

Trail

2.8 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,072' 327 m
Descent: -91' -28 m
High: 8,208' 2,502 m
Low: 7,228' 2,203 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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A steep, challenging climb past the two picturesque reservoirs above Palmer Lake.

Brian Smith

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This trail starts in the back side of Palmer Lake, CO and immediately lurches upwards into a fairly grueling dirt road climb to the first of two lakes above Palmer Lake. I've rated this segment of the climb as an intermediate one due to its steepness, aerobic demands, and fairly loose surface.

Once at the first reservoir, the grade lessens a bit. The route then continues through aspens and pines following an infrequently used forest road, eventually reaching Balanced Rock - a rock monument above Palmer Lake.

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Jul 17, 2019
Barb Mueller
Jun 4, 2019
Roxie Stacci
Me &Val went down this trail after Chautauqua, it was not nearly as steep as Chautauqua 2.8mi
May 11, 2019
Daylene York
2.8mi
Aug 13, 2018
Alex Bufmack
Hiked to the far point of the upper reservoir with Noelle.
Jun 9, 2018
Joey Earnhardt
Sep 13, 2017
Trail 360
Check out a 4K 360 view of this trail on YouTube. https://youtu.be/OHkmc0FdLgQ Know what to expect before you head out to the trailhead! 3mi — 1h 30m
Jun 19, 2017
Therese Inman

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Photos

North side of the first reservoir covered in snow.
Nov 18, 2017 near Palmer…, CO
Lower Reservoir looking east.
May 31, 2016 near Palmer…, CO
Palmer Lake Reservoir #2
Jul 7, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
Palmer Lake Number 2
Jul 7, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
Balanced Rock
Jul 7, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
Walk up to Balanced Rock
Jul 7, 2018 near Palmer…, CO

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