Hike of the Week: Balancing Rock Trail near Prescott

Mare CzinarApril 21, 2023
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The keynote feature of this hike in Prescott’s Granite Mountain Recreation area is a lopsided stone perched precariously atop a massive granite boulder. While this stone oddity is the centerpiece of the trail’s geological sites, it isn’t the only one. Look for a “turkey gobbler” rock, knife-edge slabs that have flaked off walls of eroding volcanic stone and the scoured channels, trickling runoff and sand bars around Surprise Spring.

  • LENGTH: 3.8-mile loop
  • RATING: easy
  • ELEVATION: 5,640 – 6,070 feet
  • BEST SEASON: March – November
  • FACILITIES: restrooms, picnic tables and grills


From downtown Prescott, go north on Montezuma Street (which turns into Whipple Street and then Iron Springs Road) and continue 4.5 miles to N. Granite Basin Road at milepost 3.

Turn right and continue 3.1 miles to the Wekuvde trailhead on the right. All roads are paved.

There’s a $5 daily fee per vehicle. Bring exact change for the self-serve pay station. Access is free with a Golden Age/Access of Interagency Senior/Access Pass. Wednesdays are free to everyone. Hours vary by season.