Balanced Rock Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Elevation Gain429ft
Trailhead Elevation8,650ft
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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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
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS Glen Haven and Estes Park; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
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