Grapevine Hills Trail

EASY 79 reviews
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Grapevine Hills Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marathon, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
232 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

views

wildlife

no dogs

This scenic trail covers 2.2 miles round trip and ends at a spectacular balanced rock formation. Grapevine Hills Trail is an easy hike up a sandy wash surrounded by massive boulders. After 1 mile the trail ascends to a low saddle at the end of the drainage. Follow the signs to locate the giant "window" of boulders. This is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Big Bend NP. Kids love this trail! The trailhead is located 7 miles down the Grapevine Hills Primitive Road. Ask a ranger about current road conditions.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful sights and fun hike- especially towards the end!

hiking
20 days ago

Starts with a six mile drive down a dirt road to get to the trail head. The road is an improved road, which means no 4x4 is necessary but can be bumpy due to the washboards. The hike itself is easy for the first 3/4 of a mile, but the last bit requires a little bit of a climb. There are markers that guide you once you get into the rocks and the foot traffic is evident enough that you can see where to go. The 360 view at the top is pretty cool and the balancing rock is cool to see. Although, I thought the rock was gonna be bigger than it actually was. Overall, a fun easy hike if you are in a time crunch like we were.

1 month ago

Easy hike, only a little climb towards the end to get to the balanced rock, but nothing difficult!

hiking
1 month ago

My husband's favorite hike. Easy mile in, then rough rocky incline to the balanced rock (about .2). Great views. The road getting there is challenging. Lots of ruts & washouts. Take you time & above all, don't try traveling the posted speed (25mph).

3 months ago

A wonderful family hike to Balanced Rock. Kids between ages 4-10 all successfully completed the hike. The gravel road to the trailhead was a little rough the last few miles. Big family fun!!!

3 months ago

My family loved this hike! The climb up to balanced rock was a highlight for them.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was absolutely gorgeous! A short hike, but absolutely beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike with large rocks!

hiking
5 months ago

I would argue this is borderline a heavily trafficked trail, there were a significant number of people on this trail when we were there. Easy trail until the last 1/4 mile. Some mild climbing at the end of the trail but the view from the backside of the balancing rock is stunning. Be sure to explore around at the end of the trail, there is some novice level climbing / bouldering that can be done safely for some additional spectacular views. Also if you look around in the dry creek bed, there will be plenty of animal tracks to test your knowledge.

The road out isn’t bad with only a few spots that might be a challenge in a passenger car. Saw plenty of cross over vehicles take this road without much effort.

5 months ago

Great views the whole way! Late afternoon the lighting gets a bit dark, but still fantastic.

I would caution that the last quarter mile of rocks aren’t exactly “easy.” Not too bad and there is decent grip for shoes, but takes some thinking for foot placement.

6 months ago

Great short hike and it is fun to climb around the boulders once you get up there!

6 months ago

If your looking for a nice and easy, yet beautiful hike, then this may be the hike for you! Start off with a nice easy flat terrain and then the last quarter mile climb up a great laid out steady path up to the rocks.
About half of the way into the hike look to the right for a rock with pictographs and slightly to the left about 25ft from that what looks like to be a dugout rock with signs of fire usage, pretty cool and unexpected.
This was the starter hike of the day for us at 7am right before the sun was completely up and we’re rewarded by an amazing view of the sunrise looking over the park. A+

hiking
6 months ago

Easy going entry level trail for most. Nice reward/scenery towards the end of the trail, about .5 in and back out trail for right around a 1 mile round trip.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice little trail with solid views and interesting rock formations. Last quarter mile might pose a small challenge for the average individual.

hiking
9 months ago

Sun went down while we were here. Was spooky great.

hiking
9 months ago

Great little hike to add in as a second hike of the day. Starting relatively flat, you will wind across, and sometime follow, a dry creekbed. Prepare for sandy spots that feel like you are walking on a beach. Some scrambling at the end will lead you up to the balanced rock for some fun pics.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Short hike, pretty easy with a little bit of elevation at the end. I think this trail is a must-have for everyone visiting Big Bend - Balanced Rock is really neat!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Perfect trail for a non-intense or warmup hike. Can make for a nice picnic location.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

This was a quick and fun hike with a little scrambling near the top. Good views

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Super fast and fun. The climbing at the end is terrific!

hiking
Friday, March 10, 2017

Easy hike, beautiful views!

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Relatively flat until the very end of the trail until you have to climb up to Balanced Rock. Visited late in the afternoon and it was still warm so water was a must.

hiking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great trail with a rewarding view at the end! Excellent beginners trail although the last 1/4 mile would be rated as moderate in my opinion, as others have said... if you have bad knees the last 1/4 mile will be brutal.

An early morning hike will allow you to catch the sun rising when reaching the balanced rock. Great little trail, ample opportunity for wildlife viewing depending on season and time of day.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This is a wonderful hike to do since it's only 2.2 miles round trip. It's flat for about a mile, with no cover. If it's a hot day, I would advise to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. The last 1/4 of a mile is a little steeper, so if you have bad knees, you may not be able to complete it. However, kids can easily hike it, and even dogs. There's light traffic, so we had some space to enjoy some solitude. Best times to hike are probably earlier mornings when it's cool. Long gravel road to the trailhead, but no pot holes or large rocks.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Was an easy trail to go early morning or late afternoon there is no shade
Family trail kids can climb rocks and dogs can enjoy too
Bring lots of water!
Also you can have a nice picnic at the end

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The trail (grapevine)leading up to the trail that leads to Balanced Rock is easy peasy. Loved watching the horny toads crawl out of their little homes. We even saw a wild hog and rattlesnake skin. When we got the trail that led up to balanced rock, that's when it got exciting. Plenty of footwork involved but a beautiful view. We went during September and it got pretty hot in the day so take plenty of water!!! Some of the rocks going up to balanced rock were smooth so be careful not to slip like I did a few times. lol.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

great short hike into amazing rock formations and lots of sweet cacti and yucca.

hiking
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Nice, short trail. The Balanced rock at the end was pretty cool. The last couple tents of a mile before the turn around have a little rock scrambling.

hiking
Monday, June 23, 2014

Nice easy short hike. Last 1/4 mile the only real exertion.

hiking
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

just came back from big bend and enjoyed this trail... Beautiful views. the weather was nice ... can't wait to go again.

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