Balanced Rock Trail

HARD 15 reviews
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Balanced Rock Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Baraboo, WI that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and rock climbing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.4 miles Point to Point

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

views

wildlife

rocky

A difficult, steep trail; stone steps on the south face of the east bluff. Spectacular views, with Balanced Rock along the way. Estimated hiking time of 45 minutes.

hiking
14 days ago

Rewarding trail on a steep climb. Rocks can be slippery so move slowly. Balanced rock itself is lovely.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hard. Lovely once you get to the top. Take your time going up.

2 months ago

As close to hiking out west as it gets in Wisconsin. The views from the top are incredible and worth the climb.

rock climbing
4 months ago

This was awesome. That two 60 year old women climbed it was such a great feeling. I can now say I did it and mark it off the bucket list.

hiking
4 months ago

Very busy trail on a Saturday in the summer. would recommend going during off hours.

hiking
4 months ago

Super busy but very unique for sure! I would say that during the week might be best. Rocks are smooth and slick so for the love of Pete do NOT wear sandals or pumps!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, but really busy.

4 months ago

great, starting at the south shore its a steep uphill climb of mainly steps in the rocks. (350' in .3 miles)

6 months ago

11 months ago

Tough trail but fun. Pretty much straight up rock steps to the top.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice hike, great views.

hiking
1 year ago

Hands down the best trail wisconsin has to offer, combine with the east bluff trail and take the potholes trail down. Amazing, breath-taking views that go on forever. Large rock outcroppings, plus the entirety of the hike will only take up to 2 hours, leaving plenty of time to stop and take a good long look.

1 year ago

This is a fantastic stair climber hike with gorgeous views! While most of the trail is narrow there are plenty of places that allow passing if need be. overall a great trail and well worth the views!

hiking
2 years ago

Don't be fooled by the short distance. This trail is very hard to climb. You are basically just hiking up rock steps. But once you get to the top, you sure do have an amazing view! :)