Grapevine Hills Trail

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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.

1 month 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!!!

1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

great hike with large rocks!

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3 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.

3 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.

4 months ago

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

4 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+

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4 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.

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4 months ago

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

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7 months ago

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

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7 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.

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10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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

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10 months ago

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

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11 months ago

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

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Easy hike, beautiful views!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

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

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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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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The trail goes up a canyon in the Grapevine hills section of Big Bend. Beautiful rocky landscape on both sides as you hike to the south. The last 1/8th mile is a climb up a very rocky (and rough) hill. The 6.5 mile drive from the main road is not that bad, but is not paved.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Another unique hike in Big Bend. It's not too long or too difficult. The balanced rock is cool. The trail itself is rocky and dry and you must drive out to the trailhead. I can't imagine hiking this other than in the Winter due to searing heat. There is no shade, no trees to speak of that I recall.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Long gravel road (6 miles) to get to the trail head. The special feel of walking through a volcanic area was very interesting. Large walls of boulders. Standing at balance rock was awesome and you had to wonder how it got there. Wouldn't be first on my list if I had limited time.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

An easy hike with a bit of a scramble near its end.

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