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Balanced Rock

Intermediate
 4.4 (41) 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 41 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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Sep 4, 2021
Drew Perry
Jun 18, 2021
olivia puente
2mi
Jun 2, 2021
Ashley Dalrymple
Easy Trail, flat until the end. — 1h 30m
May 11, 2021
Luke Skywalker
Apr 26, 2021
Alyssa Alaniz
first hike w/baby Luc 1.8mi
Apr 23, 2021
Victoria Presson
2mi
Apr 6, 2021
Matthias K
13h 04m
Mar 7, 2021
Andy M