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Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
Visit Hanging Lake and surround yourself with some of Colorado's spectacular natural wonders. The turquoise-colored lake lies at the end of one of the state's most scenic and popular hiking trails. From the trailhead to the lake the hike follows the Dead Horse Creek along approximately 1.9 km (1.2 mi) of terrain with a slight incline. Even though the hike is not too taxing and features resting areas and handrails, be sure to wear proper shoes and bring enough water. The lake's delicate ecosystem is under protection, so fishing, swimming, and littering are strictly prohibited, and pets must be leashed near the lake or on the hiking trail. Using our international travel planner, Glenwood Springs attractions like Hanging Lake can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This 1.2 mile hike up to Hanging Lake is extremely technical with many uneven surfaces, steps, stairs, and negotiating your way up the canyon. You'll pass 7 bridges before reaching the final staircase...  read more »
  • I LOVED this hike. It was beautiful ALL the way up and ALL the way down! The "Hanging Lake" at the top was lovely. There was a park ranger at the top, so I asked him, "Why do they call it Hanging Lake...  read more »
  • The trial is well maintained and beautiful. The Lake itself is absolutely stunning. The parking is limited so I would recommend being early to ensure parking. We went on a Sunday in September and got ...  read more »
  • You should not even try to rate this experience, it is off the 5 star scale. Be ready for an intense hike not far but extreme incline. Stretch out, take breaks, and know this is not for anyone without a lot of strength to go up and come down. Worth every bit of effort and one of the most beautiful places I've been. Sad to see plastic water bottles at the waterfall, really people lets try to keep our world beautiful.
  • Quick ascent (1000 feet over 1.2 miles) with worthy views along the way and at the top. Wear good shoes, the path is rocky and decent is steep. The last part would be difficult for anyone with vertigo.
  • We were the crazy people with a 1 and 3 year old on this trail today. We carried our 1 year old the whole way and our 3 year old did about half. Totally worth it!!! The view was incredible. Make sure you go to the left behind the waterfall at the top. Bring plenty of water. If you have young kids, expect to carry them at least part ways. There are several steep parts.
  • This is a really cool hike that requires all fours for the very last climb to the lake. Most of the trail goes along a gentle mountain stream, so it's pretty cool hearing the sound of running water as you hike up. The lake itself at the top is beautiful and unique - definitely worth the hike!
  • I was a little nervous from all the reviews saying this was a difficult hike, but I'm glad I did it anyway. Its a little over a mile each way. Most places you would be fine with sneakers, but there are a couple steep inclines/declines (depending on which way you're going haha) that a pair of hiking shoes/boots would be useful. I did this in the summer, I wouldn't attempt it without hiking boots and poles in the winter. Yes, its just a giant rocky uphill that takes a lot of effort to get up, but you can go at your own pace and there are plenty of shady spots to stop and rest. The last stretch you have to climb up rock 'stairs' that can be scary if you aren't good with hights. Even with a railing I had to steady myself and take my time, but if I can do it anyone can. If you have children, keep them on the inside and keep a very close eye on them. The lake itself was stunning. It was foggy when we arrived and sunny by the time we left, so we got to see the full range of colors. You obviously can't go into the lake but there is still plenty to see and enjoy. Take pictures, have a rest on a bench and take it all in. You won't regret it.
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