Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Springs

Stretching 1.9 km (1.2 mi) into Glenwood Canyon, Hanging Lake Trail climbs more than 300 m (985 ft) to its namesake mountain lake. You'll wander along Colorado River tributaries, surrounded by sheer, rocky cliffs and lush forest. Stop for a rest at the top of the trail, where you'll find waterfalls and a clear blue lake home to trout. If you're feeling tired during the hike, take a breather at one of the rest spots along the way. The path is considered difficult because of its steep elevation and relatively rough terrain, so you should consider your health and skill level before attempting the hike. Make Hanging Lake Trail part of your personalized Glenwood Springs itinerary using our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site .
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  • Wow!! Amazing hike! Amazing place! Totally worth all that is. It’s not so hard even in winter. The haul up there is totally worth the effort. No question!! It’s magical!!  more »
  • Go very early in the morning to avoid the insane crowds. Truly spectacular place ruined by ignorant and rude people. Long hike up to the falls. If you are not used to altitude plan on a long, exhausti...  more »
  • We are not a hiking family, however decided to try this one because a friend suggested it. In total it took us 2 1/2 hours, however, it was winter and we had our three year old with us. Very beautiful...  more »
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  • A popular, gorgeous hike any time of the year. The hike is short and steep (and at altitude), but worth the valley views and lake pictures at the top. Be sure to be prepared if you start late on the day. In the winter, plan on an ice-packed trail from all the crowds. Crampons or equivalent very much recommended. Definitely a hike to see if you are just passing by!
  • Beauty at its best when hiked at the right point of the year. This waterfall adds to top 10 beautiful places to visit in Colorado. Loved the hike as well
  • Its only worth your time going if you're willing to be at the parking lot at 5m.... so that you're one of the few people up there so that you can have a little peace and quiet. There is not enough parking. This place is insanely busy.
  • Amazing place! Words don't do it justice and the hike isn't long, but can be difficult as it's steep in places and has ice during winter months so bring crampons! Parking is limited so arrive early and beat the traffic and crowds. Also, dogs are not allowed on the trail or in the parking lot, so leave your furry friend at home for this hike. I encourage everyone to check out the rules and suggestions before going to this site, as it's fragile ecosystem is easily destroyed by careless and irresponsible hikers. As always, Leave No Trace!!!
  • Great hike. I wish they had the sign in different languages, I noticed ppl touching the water and I know that’s not good for the water... there’s another waterfall a little further up the hill from the hanging Lake bench at the top. :)
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