Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Springs

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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. With our custom trip planner, Glenwood Springs attractions like Hanging Lake Trail can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a steep and rocky hike. You don't have to be an expert but you should definitely wear hiking boots or at least sneakers. The lake at the top is completely worth the challenge it is to get up t...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Mid 60 year olds with sore knees and we handled it! Difficult hike, 1000 vertical feet in 1 mile. Took us 2 hrs up and 1 1/2 hrs down. Hiking shoes necessary. Hiking poles very helpful. 7 bridges and ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Went to hanging lake trail on a Sunday, got there around 7:25 am and there were still 5-10 parking spots. Hike was definitely a work-out. You shouldn't have trouble with the hike if you are physically...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Gorgeous. If you've never been, you must go. It isn't a terrible hike but it is fairly steep and rocky at some points. The nice thing is, you're following a creek all the way up so there's a lot of shade and cool breezes. Totally worth the trek when you get to the top. Make sure you check out the lake and the waterfall above. Truly a wonder of nature.
  • June 1, 2017
    The walk up was a huge challenge. Coming down was a different challenge. Lots of uneven footing, gets steep in 3 or 4 places. Please be careful! We saw lots of folks with babies going up. I wouldn't recommend taking an infant, your hands aren't free if you slip. An amazing place, wear good shoes and bring lots of water. The trail will be closed June 4-6 2017 for maintenance.
  • May 11, 2017
    Beautiful hike that is getting loved to death. Expect a large crowd with plenty of people ignoring all the rules of the trail and common courtesy. This trail is probably going to end up closed one day so go see it while you still can. Wear proper shoes, bring water and plenty of patience. It is a gorgeous place to visit.
  • June 6, 2017
    Found out about this remarkable site by chance meeting with another traveler on the road. So glad I took the difficult hike to get to this spot. 1 mile straight up the mountain. Hanging lake is close to Glen Springs CO just off I-70. You can't miss it. Rewards of this hike are not only the spectacular cascading falls at the end of the trail, but the many breath taking views of interlacing water falls formed by the mountain stream along the way. Don't pass up seeing a huge water fall just above Hanging lake which is just a short hike up front he main attraction.
  • May 27, 2017
    Best place to go in Colorado. I went every place you can think of on my trip here. The view before the lake where the handrails are is the best view there. Spouting rock is also a better site to see up there than hanging lake in my opinion. It's just off to the left when you approach hanging lake.

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Most of the places to stay in Glenwood Springs sit within walking distance of the Colorado River. The hot springs pool lies on the north bank of the river, as do many of the town's hotels. Most of the town, however, is on the south bank of the river, so choose a place here for better access to local services and entertainment. Accommodations in town range from bed and breakfasts to historical hotels to resorts. You'll also find numerous national chain hotels and vacation rentals in condominiums and private homes. If you're looking to ski at Aspen and stay in Glenwood Springs as a less-expensive lodging alternative, inquire at local hotels about accommodation-and-lift-ticket packages.
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