There are so many interesting rock formations on the trail.
This is Elephant Cave. It is very small, you can't really go too far inside to explore, but you can poke your head in and snoop around if you dare!
I was so overwhelmed by the time I got half way down the Balanced Rock trail that when I saw the rock I said "That's It? I hiked down a mountain to see this?" ha ha! The Balanced Rock Trail is only 0.4 miles and is described as "Challenging". I would say that is very accurate! It is a difficult, steep, climbing trail with no railings. One slip, and you're a goner! It takes about an hour to climb this trail, longer in the summer due to the crowds. The Balanced Rock is about 2/3rd's of the way up to the top of the trail. If you'd like to experience what it is like hiking down Balanced Rock without any people around, there is a great video of the experience HERE!
When you're down on the beach, it's fun to look up and see how far you climbed.
All in all on this day we hiked one mile on the East Bluff Trail, climbed down 0.4 miles, and hiked another mile back to our vehicle. We had a picnic lunch on the grounds near the beach, then got back into the car and enjoyed the beautiful colors even as we left the park. We couldn't wait to come back next week and see more!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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