Grapevine Hills Trail

EASY 38 reviews
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Grapevine Hills Trail is a 2 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
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 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.

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17 days ago

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

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18 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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3 months ago

Easy hike, beautiful views!

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5 months ago

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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9 months ago

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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11 months ago

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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.