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Balancing Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Prescott, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 544 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Balancing Rock Trail #349 begins at the Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead within the Granite Basin Recreation Area. The trail weaves up and down through shady pine forest studded with granite boulders. Wildflowers add color to the landscape throughout much of the year, and portions of the trail meander along charming seasonal creeks. Where this trail gains elevation, there are panoramic views of Granite Mountain and the surrounding wilderness. This trail connects with several others, providing many different opportunities to explore within the Granite Basin Recreation Area.

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muddy
4 days ago

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muddy
8 days ago

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flooded
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snow
8 days ago

we did the mint wash and combined it to the balancing rock was a great hike, few of the water crossings were about 2ft deep so be prepared with extra socks, but we did just have a week of heavy rain and a snow fall the night before the hike. had to move a tree about 1 mile south of the balancing rock, took about 45 mins, blind corner for the mountain bikers, had to make it safe for everyone.

21 days ago

My family of 3 decided the best way to get in shape and make changes was to start hiking. That being said to a new hiker or an overweight hiker I would not call this trail easy. There were several spots where we had to take breaks. And The incline was a little difficult for us. We started at cayuse trail head and took 351. 351 goes on for about 3 miles or so. At the end of 351 there are some choices on which trail. We chose 349. We did see a rock that looked like a super fat Armadillo, I think that might be a balancing rock. The 349 goes on for about 3 miles more. We ended up making a huge loop which is awesome!! There were 3 or 4 areas where we had to cross the road. It can be a little daunting if you're not sure where to go. All in All, it was a very nice trail. I would say for overweight people it is easy/medium. Expect to sweat and feel the burn!

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

We hiked clockwise. The trail wound up and down through the forest, it was 60 degrees with plenty of sun shining through the trees. Some great views of Granite Mountain boulders and cliffs on the high points of the trail. There were many snowy patches on the trail, and areas slippery with mud, but as we gained elevation it mostly dried out. We never did see a balancing rock, at least nothing as precarious as many of the rocks in the Granite Dells area. But it was a great hike nonetheless.

recorded Balancing Rock Trail

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fee
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

A nice walk in the woods with great views of Granite Mtn.

horseback riding
1 month ago

Good parking for horse trailers. We took 351 to 349 to see the back of Granite Mountain. Awesome. No rocks, No crazy drop off.

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icy
muddy
2 months ago

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icy
snow
2 months ago

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4 months ago

Hiked 351 to 349 and 261. Nice views, lake was dry but the trails are well marked and wide.

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bugs
8 months ago

8 months ago

love this trail it was great we connected with trail 351 and made it back down 2 cayuse parking area where we parked from made it into a nice loop trail definitely going back to do this again

bird watching
9 months ago

Balancing Rock and West Lake provide a lovely variety of forest and huge granite rock views. It was a woodpecker extravaganza on the first half of the hike. We made our own loop by starting on the Balancing Rock Trail, reaching the lake and returning on the West Lake Trail. The valley through which the balancing rock trail weaves was just the right amount of sun, shade and spectacular vistas. The trails are well marked, and well groomed. The Basin lake in the foreground with Granite Mountain rising immediately behind it is more than worth the price of admission! What a great variety of winged friends, too. Species seen: Cormorant, Red-winged Blackbird Western Bluebird Hepatic Tanager Pine Siskin Arizona Woodpecker Ladderback Woodpecker Spotted Towhee Downy Woodpecker Acorn Woodpecker White-breasted Nuthatch Pygmy Nuthatch Western Scrub Jay

hiking
11 months ago

Just explored this one for first time and it is beautiful!. I live next to it, so it will not be the last time. Lots of trees, great scenery and rolling ups and downs. Saw a few bikers and horses, but for the most part, very peaceful and easy to fit in during the day.

Sun Dec 09 2018

I hike this trail several times a year. it has good shade in the summer. it's beautiful year round.

mountain biking
Mon Dec 25 2017

Amazing views of Granite Mountain in the middle section of the trail.

Sat May 13 2017

Great hike.

mountain biking
Wed May 13 2015

fun loop Trail with nice scenery. 349 (balancing rock trail) to 351 back to 349 in a loop. Easy to follow and if ypu like trials lots of opportunity ...

hiking
Mon May 12 2014

Balancing Rock is one of the trails within the Granite Basin Recreation Area. It is accessible via multiple trailheads from connector trails, including the trailhead that starts in the Yavapai Campground.

hiking
21 days ago

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