Grapevine Hills Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marathon, TX that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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This scenic trail covers 2.2 miles round trip and ends at a spectacular balanced rock formation. Grapevine Hills Trail is an easy hike up a sandy wash surrounded by massive boulders. After 1 mile the trail ascends to a low saddle at the end of the drainage. Follow the signs to locate the giant "window" of boulders. This is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Big Bend NP. Kids love this trail! The trailhead is located 7 miles down the Grapevine Hills Primitive Road. Ask a ranger about current road conditions.
Great trail with a rewarding view at the end! Excellent beginners trail although the last 1/4 mile would be rated as moderate in my opinion, as others have said... if you have bad knees the last 1/4 mile will be brutal.
An early morning hike will allow you to catch the sun rising when reaching the balanced rock. Great little trail, ample opportunity for wildlife viewing depending on season and time of day.
This is a wonderful hike to do since it's only 2.2 miles round trip. It's flat for about a mile, with no cover. If it's a hot day, I would advise to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. The last 1/4 of a mile is a little steeper, so if you have bad knees, you may not be able to complete it. However, kids can easily hike it, and even dogs. There's light traffic, so we had some space to enjoy some solitude. Best times to hike are probably earlier mornings when it's cool. Long gravel road to the trailhead, but no pot holes or large rocks.
Was an easy trail to go early morning or late afternoon there is no shade
Family trail kids can climb rocks and dogs can enjoy too
Bring lots of water!
Also you can have a nice picnic at the end
The trail (grapevine)leading up to the trail that leads to Balanced Rock is easy peasy. Loved watching the horny toads crawl out of their little homes. We even saw a wild hog and rattlesnake skin. When we got the trail that led up to balanced rock, that's when it got exciting. Plenty of footwork involved but a beautiful view. We went during September and it got pretty hot in the day so take plenty of water!!! Some of the rocks going up to balanced rock were smooth so be careful not to slip like I did a few times. lol.
great short hike into amazing rock formations and lots of sweet cacti and yucca.
Nice, short trail. The Balanced rock at the end was pretty cool. The last couple tents of a mile before the turn around have a little rock scrambling.
Nice easy short hike. Last 1/4 mile the only real exertion.
just came back from big bend and enjoyed this trail... Beautiful views. the weather was nice ... can't wait to go again.
The trail goes up a canyon in the Grapevine hills section of Big Bend. Beautiful rocky landscape on both sides as you hike to the south. The last 1/8th mile is a climb up a very rocky (and rough) hill. The 6.5 mile drive from the main road is not that bad, but is not paved.
Another unique hike in Big Bend. It's not too long or too difficult. The balanced rock is cool. The trail itself is rocky and dry and you must drive out to the trailhead. I can't imagine hiking this other than in the Winter due to searing heat. There is no shade, no trees to speak of that I recall.
Long gravel road (6 miles) to get to the trail head. The special feel of walking through a volcanic area was very interesting. Large walls of boulders. Standing at balance rock was awesome and you had to wonder how it got there. Wouldn't be first on my list if I had limited time.
An easy hike with a bit of a scramble near its end.
Most of the up is up through a sandy wash until the last 1/4 mile then it is a scramble almost straight up. The goal is Balanced Rock and it is a beauty.