Balanced Rock Trail

EASY 49 reviews
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Balanced Rock Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Monument, Colorado that features a lake 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.

5.2 miles
1184 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Deadman's Lake Area is a 2.7 mile out and back trail located near U S A F Academy, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2 months ago

The lion-share of this hike is an uphill service road. Pretty hard on two kids. The pay-off is gorgeous but I wish there was a more interesting, less drastic uphill, to get there. Will go again in the summer, using a different trail, to see the lake.

4 months ago

The trail runs on a gravel road for most of the hike but then becomes a narrow trail towards the top. Along the trail there are Spruce, Fir, Pine, and Aspen trees and at the top you will get good views of the surrounding mountains and Palmer Lake. Trail 360 on YouTube

5 months ago

We did the entire trail until we got to the "balanced rock" at the top of rhe hill. We recorded a total of 7.5 miles for the loop. Beautiful hike

6 months ago

found some wild raspberries

7 months ago

hiked this today, not "easy" as in an easy hike, but easy trail to walk on. it starts with all uphill for a little over a mile. Not a good first hike for newbs. Overall great hike with beautiful lakes and wildflowers.

7 months ago

Smells like piss the whole way and has real nice graffiti. Other than that it's real nice.

7 months ago

Gorgeous. Worth the Effort. Look for the Reservoir Trailhead, as it's not called Balanced Rock. The first mile is tough and steep. A great trail run.

8 months ago

Amazing trail but do be careful. Saw a momma and not so baby bear in the aspen grove across the bridge once you're south of the whole resevoir. timid browns that scattered quickly but keep an eye and ear out.

8 months ago

A beautiful trail. Lots of wild flowers.

8 months ago

Hiked beginning of June. Great hike. Gem Lake is a great pit stop for a picnic

9 months ago

Great hike, although at times quite the incline that goes for a while. Pack water for the pups as they can't get in watershed ponds.

Several places to stop and picnic along the way as you make the hike up to Balance Rock. The road up after the 2nd gate is a bit rutted so make sure you watch your step. The view is worth it.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It was amazing

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Very nice trail and the lakes were great

Sunday, June 05, 2016

NOT the trail for the rock formation pictured and almost a mile longer than it says. The trail past the reservoir is a jeep trail, and it gets confusing. Loved it though!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Took the puppy and four kids on this hike. (10,9,4 and 2-in a pack). We made it to the second lake before the crew was ready to head back. They were bummed they couldn't go in the water, but it's drinking water, so no people or dogs can go in. Other than that, fun hike, really pretty, with LOTS of people and dogs; but we won't go again because of the water limitations.

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