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Balanced Rock Rd.

Intermediate
 3.5 (4)

A steep, challenging climb past the two picturesque reservoirs above Palmer Lake.


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2.8

Miles

4.4

KM

83%

Runnable

8,208' 2,502 m

High

7,228' 2,203 m

Low

1,072' 327 m

Up

91' 28 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Description

This trail starts in the back side of Palmer Lake, CO and immediately lurches upwards into a fairly grueling dirt road climb to the first of two lakes above Palmer Lake. I've rated this segment of the climb as an intermediate one due to its steepness, aerobic demands, and fairly loose surface.

Once at the first reservoir, the grade lessens a bit. The route then continues through aspens and pines following an infrequently used forest road, eventually reaching Balanced Rock - a rock monument above Palmer Lake.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Adam Ross

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  3.5 from 4 votes

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North side of the first reservoir covered in snow.
Nov 18, 2017 near Palmer…, CO
Lower Reservoir looking east.
May 31, 2016 near Palmer…, CO
Palmer Lake Reservoir #2
Jul 7, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
Palmer Lake Number 2
Jul 7, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
Balanced Rock
Jul 7, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
The place near Palmer Lake reservoir trailhead where you cross Monument Creek to start Chautauqua trail.
Jul 22, 2017 near Palmer…, CO

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Dec 28, 2019
Todd Straka
the snow was really coming in quick and lost the trail quickly after the reservoir. 4mi
Jul 1, 2018
WookieStick69 Thomas
Great trail. Ran way past the end as the road just keeps going. Awesome proxy for IPR. Didn’t get to the end. 6.8mi