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Balanced Rock

Intermediate
 4.4 (35) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate climb accessing some of the most incredible rock formations in Big Bend!


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2.0

Miles

3.1

KM

Out and Back

3,470' 1,058 m

High

3,234' 986 m

Low

236' 72 m

Up

235' 72 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Family Friendly Kids will absolutely love to wander through the large amphitheaters of boulders situated along the trail.

Overview

Be prepared to let loose your inner child before setting out on the Grapevine Hills Trail, as you'll find yourself completely amazed by the geologic wonders you experience along the way.

Description

Starting at the Grapevine Hills Trail Parking Area, follow the trail southeast as it curves alongside a small, sandy wash. Follow the wash, climbing ever so slightly until the trail leaves the wash behind and enters the geologic wonder all visitors come to see: the Grapevine Hills.

Formed as the result of rising magma within the earth becoming entrapped by overlying sedimentary rock layers, the Grapevine Hills display fantastically rounded granite-like boulders of all shapes and sizes. In certain circumstances, such as one near the end of the trail, these boulders have oriented themselves such that they are balanced precariously on top of other rocks. Needless to say, they are truly a sight to see!

Near the end of the trail, expect the terrain to become more rocky underfoot, as well as appreciably more strenuous as you climb into the rock outcropping. Be sure to watch out for snakes in this area, as they love to hide in the shady areas between the rocks.

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  4.4 from 35 votes

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Balanced Rock is one of the top sunrise hikes! With views to the east the mountains of Sierra del Carmen light up a spectacular purple. Contrasted with the light, bouldered desert landscape it is a sight to behold.
Feb 17, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
Big Bend's famous Balanced Rock.
Jul 14, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Big Bend - Grapevine Hills Trail.
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
keeping the rock in balance
Mar 9, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
Midway along the trail.  View to the north.
Dec 1, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
looking back on the trail from the higher elevation
Mar 31, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX

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Mar 19, 2020
Patrick Muller
amazing
Mar 10, 2020
Arthur Garcia
Jan 25, 2020
Amy Ogrin
Jan 22, 2020
Sherry Abbot
Easy hike. Last quarter mile you scramble up some boulders to reach the Balanced Rock. Beautiful view with little effort. 2mi
Dec 29, 2019
Alexis Nguyen
Dec 8, 2019
Arvin Hill
Very unexpected despite having seen photos... They just can't do it justice. 2mi — 1h 20m
Nov 25, 2019
JoAnn Johnson
Oct 31, 2019
Bruce Hope