Balanced Rock

Estes Park, Colorado

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Balanced Rock does not convey an impression of stability; run to see it before it becomes unbalanced. Balanced Rock is one of the most remarkable of Lumpy Ridge lumps—an egg-shaped monolith perhaps 20 feet tall atop a relatively thin pillar of obviously less-substantial rock eroding from beneath it. Geologists describing time with numbers too long for anyone to really understand inform us that the balancing of Balanced Rock began some 40 million years ago when the top of Lumpy Ridge was a plain. Weather broke up rocks such as the base of Balanced Rock and decayed them into soil along deep fractures in the plain.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Balanced Rock does not convey an impression of stability; run to see it before it becomes unbalanced. Balanced Rock is one of the most remarkable of Lumpy Ridge lumps—an egg-shaped monolith perhaps 20 feet tall atop a relatively thin pillar of obviously less-substantial rock eroding from beneath it.

Geologists describing time with numbers too long for anyone to really understand inform us that the balancing of Balanced
Rock began some 40 million years ago when the top of Lumpy Ridge was a plain. Weather broke up rocks such as the base of Balanced Rock and decayed them into soil along deep fractures in the plain.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 7.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 7,863 feet
Top Elevation: 8,830 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Glen Haven and Estes Park; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Balanced Rock

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