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    Balanced Rock Trail

    Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    Distance0.9mi
    Elevation Gain429ft
    Trailhead Elevation8,650ft
    Top8,778ft
    Elevation Min/Max8589/8778ft
    Elevation Start/End8650/8650ft

    Balanced Rock Trail

    Balanced Rock Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 8,650 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 429 feet. Along the trail there is a bare rock. The trail ends near the Balanced Rock attraction. There is also an information guidepost near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Gem Lake Trail.
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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    Kent Dannen
    "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." Read more

    Trail Information

    Rocky Mountain National Park
    Nearby City
    Rocky Mountain National Park
    Parks
    Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
    Local Contacts
    USGS Glen Haven and Estes Park; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
    Local Maps

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