Balanced Rock Road

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4.2/5 (54 reviews)
Monument, Colorado (El Paso County)
Last Updated: 07/05/2022
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Balanced Rock is a fun offroad trail in the Rampart Range network, close to Colorado Springs and easily accessible to those in Denver and other points along the front range. Trails within the Rampart Range provide an enjoyable challenge to stock 4WD vehicles yet offer fun routes for more built rigs. The southern section of the Rampart Range is notable for its unique rock formations, consisting of large boulder piles and valleys filled with rock outcroppings, dense forests, and fine gravel soil. Balanced Rock Road features multiple rock formations, including its namesake, and ends just before reaching the picturesque Upper Palmer Reservoir. Take the time to park at the trail's end, walk to the reservoir, and maybe even explore the hiking trails surrounding the lake. Be aware that fishing is only allowed from the bank, and swimming is strictly prohibited as the reservoir is the direct water source for the town of Palmer Lake. Open during all seasons (except rare closures for excessive precipitation), the Rampart Range portion of Pike National Forest offers year-round 4WD adventure!


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4.2/5 (54)
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Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 11/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Easy trail. Fun ride. No snow.
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6900
Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 10/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I didn’t read the trail reports before going and that was a mistake. The ruts at WP 10 are completely gone. That was the best part! The trail is pretty easy now, no major concerns. There are quite a few water breaks now, so those are a bit bouncy. Other than that, it’s easy for a stock 4x4. There is a small obstacle after WP 7, but nothing to write home about. The destination is nice, but I don’t think I’ll come back since the ruts are gone.
Open
Visited: 09/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Ran this trail yesterday with two buddies. The Forest Service has recently graded the trail all the way to the reservoir including smoothing over the deep ruts described at waypoint 10. No more fun off camber or suspension stretching ruts for the time being. At best the trail is now a 2 in difficulty. On the positive side, we did find a great side trail that took us up to a hero shot overlook! Link to position of overlook: https://maps.app.goo.gl/78YTE6nhsPscvpai7
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - Cory Kwasny
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took this to the balanced rock formation. Narrow, between the trees most of the way. Sandy road, just be careful of the whoop-de-doos. Incredibly quiet and peaceful, not well traveled.
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - Paul Williams
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/13/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail we ran today. A lot of wildflowers still blooming. The washouts closer to the lake were OK for us, I could see where they may be issues for smaller vehicles. Encountered one bicyclist, and that was it. Very pretty, will look good when the aspen change.
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - Doug MacDougall
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - Doug MacDougall

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