Drive or bike from Creston across the valley towards the Salmo-Creston pass on Highway 3. Just before getting to the base of the mountains, take a left on West Creston Road. The trailhead and parking area for Balancing Rock is 100m along on the right of the road.

Rising over the wetlands and Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, Balancing Rock Trail is the go-to quick hike in the Creston Valley. The trail offers panoramic views of the Creston Valley, the Town of Creston, and the Skimmerhorn Mountains. It’s a quick and somewhat challenging jaunt to the aptly named balancing rock at the end of the trail. Part way up there is a bench that provides the primary viewpoint.

Hikers looking for a longer adventure can continue along the trail to a small wetland located on a bit of a plateau past balancing rock. Here you have the option to continue up Creston Mountain, or descend down to Summit Creek, making the trail nearly (but not quite) a full loop.