Balanced Rock Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews
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Balanced Rock Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Monument, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.5 miles
1,194 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


no dogs

The trail is a little icy but not overwhelming as of Sunday morning. Doable without, but I'd recommend micro-spikes or at least Yak-Traks. Solid couple of inches on the approach past the reservoir. Maybe 5-8" at the higher elevations.

2 months ago

Open last weekend. Great trail.

5 months ago

still closed

5 months ago

No dogs allowed just started on this trail
Also gate is closed so no hiking because of erosion

5 months ago

This trail is closed due to unstable trail conditions!

6 months ago

Just a heads up there are no dogs allowed on this trail. My friend hiked up here on July 2 and she had mentioned there were lots of dogs. And when we went there the other day there is a sign up saying no dogs allowed.

6 months ago

dogs are not allowed

6 months ago

Ahh today no dogs on this trail.

8 months ago

The trail offers gorgeous views however it has several problems: it is mostly exposed to the sun, very little shade along the way. We have two black dogs and one of them almost got heat stroke. It doesn’t help that dogs are not allowed to in the lakes. Also, the trail is not well marked. We got lucky because we were recording the hike within this app. At the very end there is a hard left that leads to the final climb to the top and end of the hike. Without following the trail on the app we could have missed it. It was beautiful, but pack a lot more water than you think you’ll need, especially if you have dogs.

8 months ago

I don’t know if I didn’t go far enough or wasn’t in the right place but followed the trail and the view at the top was not worth the effort. Also dogs can use this trail but can not go in the water. Not a good trail if you dog as sensitive feet. Very rocky with loose gravel.

9 months ago

this trail can lead to many different ones

Sunday, December 17, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

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

Thursday, August 03, 2017

found some wild raspberries

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A beautiful trail. Lots of wild flowers.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

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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