We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Balanced Rock Trail

Baraboo, WI
Improve this listing
Ranked #9 of 19 attractions in Baraboo
Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: This trail is located in the Baraboo Hills.
Write a Review

13 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Love this trail, as it provides a great cardiovascular challenge and breathtaking views at numerous spots as you climb. I would not recommend this for very young children, but for anyone who has reasonable cardiovascular strength, this is a great hike and provides a nice workout.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

careful hike up the East Bluff Trails will bring you to an amazing view of Devils Lake and Balanced Rock...among many other magnificent views.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Be careful WHEN you hit this trail. I would not want to come down this one, but going up was OK. Tis one of those things to be really glad you've done it when finished.....

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We hiked this trail with our 4,6 and 8 year old. Completely doable, just stay close to them (if you can keep up with them). Lots of areas to fall but also so much to explore. They were all champs on the climb and loved every minute of it. The trail is essentially large stone steps (several hundred of them)... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

If you need something flat do this trail at Devil's Lake. There are bugs at times so be ready for that. Great for all ages!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pompton Lakes, NJ
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This hike was a great treat. The whole hike seems to be a great walk up a pile of balanced rock combined with beautiful views of Devil's Lake. Then toward the top you come to "the Balanced Rock", a true gem. This hike is easily combined with the East Bluff and West Bluff for a great loop around the lake.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Balanced Rock trail is a strenuous trail but worth it when you get to the top. The trail is stone "stairs" which clime approximately 500 feet in 3/10 of a mile. From the top you have beautiful view of Devil's Land and Baraboo. From the top there are three ways to get back to the bottom. Back down Balanced Rock... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Trenton, Michigan
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Very beautiful view from the top, but be prepared for the hike. I would not recommend it for children.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My wife and friends hiked this trail this past weekend while camping at Devil's Lake. It was fairly cold for mid-September, so the hike was a welcome workout to get the blood pumping. The trail was probably a 6 out of 10 difficulty, where 1 would be a flat road, and 10 would be scaling rocks and boulders. There were... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is one of the more challenging trails at Devil's Lake. Not a long trail, but it is mostly rock steps up the bluff. There are nice views of the lake and surrounding as you get above the initial tree line. Potholes is a similar trail in the park that doesn't offer quite the same views (more forested), but was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Balanced Rock Trail also viewed


Been to Balanced Rock Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Balanced Rock Trail, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing