Balanced Rock Trail

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Balanced Rock Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Baraboo, Wisconsin that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and rock climbing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.7 miles
403 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


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A difficult, steep trail; stone steps on the south face of the east bluff. Spectacular views, with Balanced Rock along the way. Estimated hiking time of 45 minutes.

1 day ago

Strenuous but a great hike, both up and down. It’s longer and steeper than you think!

1 day ago

Great trail difficult but worth the time you can always come down the easy way

3 days ago

This trail is short but challenging. Very cool rock formations.

5 days ago

Great hike, excellent activity, great view of the lake once at the top. Be ready for some heavy duty climb to the top!! Take water and snacks.

7 days ago

loved this climb. gorgeous rocks create an engineering marvel of stairs. be prepared and be safe. it's a busy trail and courtesy makes it enjoyable.

10 days ago

Amazing views of the lake. My 4, 6, and 9 year did the whole thing. It is harder coming down than going up.

11 days ago

Great climb and we'll maintained. Definitely worth the stop!

13 days ago

No doubt a bit steep (and very narrow spaces at points), but once you hit the top the view is absolutely gorgeous.

15 days ago

Wow, went up this with my wife without doing research ahead of time. Amazing trail but holy cow were we not physically ready. Did it anyway and it was worth it.

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17 days ago

I love the rock climbing at the lake; it’s some of the best I’ve done. Balanced rock is fun to see, but beware the tourist days, they can get pretty busy. If you want to avoid the rush in the summer months, get there around 7am to set your top rope and claim a spot.

1 month ago

It was beautiful. It’s a great cardio workout on the way up. You must to wear shoes with good traction! Some rocks are slippery, especially on the way down. Bring water. If you’re afraid of heights, this may not be the trail for you. It would be amazing in fall!

1 month ago

Challenging climb but worth it! Wear boots and pack extra water. Love the view!

8 months ago

Crazy how difficult this was for how short the trail is. It was busy but it was a fun trail and well worth it!

9 months ago

Difficult. Straight up at times but fun.

10 months ago

Amazing trail with a great view!! Hard to see exactly where balanced rock is, but overall a very fantastic experience!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hard but worth the view

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Rewarding trail on a steep climb. Rocks can be slippery so move slowly. Balanced rock itself is lovely.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Hard. Lovely once you get to the top. Take your time going up.

Monday, September 05, 2016

As close to hiking out west as it gets in Wisconsin. The views from the top are incredible and worth the climb.

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Monday, August 01, 2016

This was awesome. That two 60 year old women climbed it was such a great feeling. I can now say I did it and mark it off the bucket list.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Very busy trail on a Saturday in the summer. would recommend going during off hours.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Super busy but very unique for sure! I would say that during the week might be best. Rocks are smooth and slick so for the love of Pete do NOT wear sandals or pumps!

Friday, July 08, 2016

Great trail, but really busy.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

great, starting at the south shore its a steep uphill climb of mainly steps in the rocks. (350' in .3 miles)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tough trail but fun. Pretty much straight up rock steps to the top.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nice hike, great views.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hands down the best trail wisconsin has to offer, combine with the east bluff trail and take the potholes trail down. Amazing, breath-taking views that go on forever. Large rock outcroppings, plus the entirety of the hike will only take up to 2 hours, leaving plenty of time to stop and take a good long look.

Monday, April 13, 2015

This is a fantastic stair climber hike with gorgeous views! While most of the trail is narrow there are plenty of places that allow passing if need be. overall a great trail and well worth the views!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Don't be fooled by the short distance. This trail is very hard to climb. You are basically just hiking up rock steps. But once you get to the top, you sure do have an amazing view! :)

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