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Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Springs

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Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
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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  • The trail is currently closed due to mudslides in the area. Sections of I-70 are completely closed as well. It has been like this since sometime in July. Be aware if traveling to Glenwood Springs.....  more »
  • 5 of us started at 7:15AM and we were up and down back to the car by 10AM. Late July. If you aren't used to exercise you will get winded and it will be challenging. Very pretty trail and excellent...  more »
  • It’s open! The fires last year came close but didn’t affect the area as much as it could have thank goodness. The trail is easier to follow than I remembered from my visit years ago. It’s still a...  more »
  • Amazing place to see, the hike up to it is fairly steep, but totally worth the effort
  • Truly stunning! Looks like something out of Lord of the rings. Now with Covid you can park at the lot instead of having to park in Glenwood and catch a shuttle in. This also allows you a bit of leeway with your reservation time. We got there right at 9:00 worried that we wouldn't be allowed access if we were late but they assured us that they would've allowed us in if we were an hour late. Before with the shuttle system this wouldn't have been the case. Keep in mind the parking lot is only accessible going east bound on I 70 Anyways the hike is relatively easy up to the the last 5% of it. Then it gets steep and craggy but there is a handrail for any uneasy hikers. The views of the canyon are incredible and the lake is well worth the trek. Secondly make sure to go up to spouting Rock, a beautiful addition to the value of your efforts.
  • Absolutely gorgeous place!!! One of my favorite from all of the United States parks. The hike is about 40 minutes and it’s good if you wear comfortable shoes (not flip flops as I saw few people with). There was a parking lot back in 2016 but now is even more comfortable with the bus that you take from the city nearby. The pass cost 15$ and it’s better if you buy it online. Highly recommend!!!
  • Awesome place to see. Worth the hike and effort you put into it. Very clean and clear water flowing through the Creek all the way up to the waterfall. Have to hike around 1.5 miles to get it, crossing 7 of the man made bridges. We loved it.
  • AMAZING hike! Over 1000 feet elevation gain. Bring water and snacks. No dogs allowed. Can be hiked all year long. Need to take a shuttle from Glenwood in the summer.

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