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hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful sights and fun hike- especially towards the end!

hiking
2 months 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.

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

hiking
3 months 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).

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful throughout. you do have to drive about 7 miles down an undeveloped road. as of this review, okay if you are careful in a regular car (i was in an Altima). road is much better than the Dagger Auto Trail which is tricky with lots of washes, low clearance areas in last 2 to 3 miles in

hiking
4 months ago

awesome trail..2walk, walk,walk forever!

The trail was a bit more intimidating that I anticipated, what with all the cacti near the trail. We found a cave up near the top of the ridge that had a bunch of old and fresh lion scat. The actual den at the trail's conclusion is a great stop to hydrate and fuel up on snacks.

We hiked this trail right after completing Devil's Den and the canyon walls were worth it.

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!!!

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

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

great hike with large rocks!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice desert hike with canyon at the end. Simple but fun.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

really enjoyed the hike once we got to the narrow walls of the canyon.

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.

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

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
8 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
8 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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, March 05, 2017

Easy hike across the basin before dropping into a rocky dry riverbed. At the end of the trail via the riverbed is a nice little canyon with cliff faces on either side.

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, January 04, 2017

We just finished hiking Devil's Den & Dog Canyon totaling about a 9.5 mile hike. It was spectacular and more then we expected. The Dog Canyon hike was easy, so we did that first then we followed the arroyo in the opposite direction and hiked pretty much half way into Devil's Den canyon climbing boulders and dodging scrub, but eventually decided to followed a backcountry map given to us by the park ranger that indicated we should then climb out of the canyon and hike the rest of the way along a marked path off the south rim of the canyon. Good call because it went a lot faster and we got to the end to see the vast open 360 view of the hills and canyon below. It was well worth it and even the risky technical climb getting out of the canyon itself and onto the trail was a challenge for myself and my companion. Great fun though!

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