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Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Springs

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Hiking Trail
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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  • fun place. Difficult hike in the mid day summer heat. Best early morning. A magical place. Trail is narrow but workable. Middle of summer it can be really busy  more »
  • One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. While it is a bit strenuous at times, there are plenty of places to rest and you don't have to get to the top to enjoy the scenery. There are a coupl...  more »
  • Let's get it out of the way and say that this is a difficult trail. If you are anything like me you are going to want to turn back about every five minutes. BUT, if you keep pressing on, you will find...  more »
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  • I don't normally enjoy hiking, but even I would recommend hiking to Hanging Lake. It only took about an hour to get up and it was worth the effort. We enjoyed our lunch by the beautiful lake. I'd recommend starting earlier than later during the snowy season-- it was very slippery on the way down at noon.
  • Hanging Lake is by far one of the most beautiful places in Colorado. I'd definitely recommend going if you have the chance. It's about a one mile hike uphill and then you reach hanging lake and the falls above it. It's just such a pretty gem tucked into an already beautiful location.
  • Well worth the difficult hike! The hike is over a mile uphill through the woods but the scenery at the top is amazing. Once you see the lower lake there is a trail that goes up and behind the lake to the waterfalls.
  • A mild hike takes you to a breathtaking scene at the top. This is a great place to see. Go early to beat the crowds and the heat in the summer. Bring food and water, and don't forget your camera!
  • This is a must for hikers. 1.2 mile trail to the top with a moderate incline. If you go in the winter (which I did), bring poles and/or crampons. The views at the top are stunning.