Balanced Rock

MODERATE 16 reviews
#76 of 178 trails in

Balanced Rock is a 2.7 mile out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
931 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Good but not an easy trail. I would rate as moderate. Loose dirt on some steep inclines near the top. Difficult for our two medium sized dogs to navigate in spots (they needed a boost) with 3-4 foot steep rock faces.

hiking
2 months ago

This is definitely not an easy hike! It starts out relatively flat but there are rocky spots and steep climbs. It is not clearly marked at the "top". If you make a right it takes you to the balanced rocks and a spectacular view which is definitely worth the trek. The left where the arrow is pointing takes you up further to the summit. One of the great things about this trail is that it's much less crowded than Cascade across the street. This is a great hike but be prepared for a little bit of rock scrambling.

hiking
2 months ago

The rating is misleading. This trail begins gradually but eventually climbs and requires some rock scrambling. The view at the Balanced Rock is beautiful and worth the effort.

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
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snowshoeing
8 months ago

This wasn't a bad hike to do. Since I was the first one out I had the luxury of breaking the trail until 2 groups caught with me and helped out the rest of the way. The groups were happy for part of the trail that I had broken for them. The groups caught up with me at the top of the slide. There was at least 6-8 inches of fresh snow on the trail that I forged through. The view from the boulders were nice but it was really windy up there. You could Cascade summit and Cascade Falls and Upper Cascade Lake. The way back down made for some nice easy butt sliding.

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Did this in the winter during a blizzard so didn't get much views except of Cascade Falls across the highway part way up. It was really windy when I got to the boulders.There's some steep bits but overall it's a short and easy hike. When you get to the trail junction with the sign on the tree the way right goes to the boulders. If you go left you can extend your outing and climb the rest of the way up Pitchoff.

hiking
11 months ago

great views of cascade mt./lake. definitely more of a challenge than easy rating would imply (especially last 1/4) which was a rocky hand climb). would recommend but NOT with a dog again.

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Awesome views. Definitely on the harder side of easy. Good for a dog but there are a couple places where mid sized dogs may need a boost. Not good for little kids.

Monday, August 01, 2016

awesome views for a short, less populated trail

Friday, June 24, 2016