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Balanced Rock Trail

Address: Baraboo, WI
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Ranked #5 of 14 Activities in Baraboo
Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This trail is located in the Baraboo Hills.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This trail is located in the Baraboo Hills.
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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217 reviews 217 reviews
81 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I wouldn't do this trail if it rained recently. This trail is quite radical and involves very steep, narrow steps. These steps get very slippery when wet. It can take days for them to dry off. I actually saw a man fall (he wasn't seriously injured). The really problem is on the way down. The steps are actually made from... More 

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My favorite trail in the park. This is a bit of a vertical trail, but steps throughout. Most can handle this trail, just stop as often as needed and enjoy the beautiful views. I had a routine a few years back of coming everyday after work, climbing this trail, then watching the sunset from Devil's Doorway. I wish I was... More 

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Lombard, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My husband and I took this trail and we really did know what we where getting into we where trying to get back to the North Parking lot where we parked our car. This is not for the faint of heart. Make sure you have plenty of water we did not and it was very warm and like I said... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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.....

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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!

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Pompton Lakes, NJ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

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