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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  • Although the hike up is difficult, we made plenty of stops to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and scenery. The only downside is it is much more crowded than ever before and parking was an absolute nigh...  more »
  • Best hiking place so far. Highly recommended, if you’re visiting Colorado must visit this place. Very scenic.  more »
  • For a 1 mile hike it sure seems to last a very long time! The view though makes it all worth it because it is breath taking. Pack some water and take it one step at a time! You will not regret this hi...  more »
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  • Steep, but short hike. You'll want proper boots for this one. Definitely worth it though. Hanging lake is probably in the top 5 for most scenic views in Colorado. There are multiple places for good photo ops on the hike - the best one is right before you get to the lake when the route gets a bit technical. There's a cliff with some spectacular views. Also, be sure to make the hike up to sprouting rock. It's only a few hundred feet beyond hanging lake, but it's quite a sight to behold.
  • One of the shortest and most accessible hikes to a beautiful view. Be warned that even though it is only 1.5 miles, it is 1.5 miles constantly going up and starting from altitude. I have seen many people give up halfway up because they are not mentally prepared for this, but if you pace yourself and persevered, you'll be rewarded with the view at the top. As a result of its accessibility, it is highly trafficked and a permitting system may be put in place. Be considerate and do not try and go into the water and damage the fragile nature of this place for others.
  • We climbed it around noon, December 31st. The path is solid ice in the winter, a mile and a half hike to the top, I think. Managed to get up to the top, beautiful snowy icy, the lake clear with adorable little fishes, and rainbows in the waterfall; Magnificent. Fairytale scene. Slid down most of the way on our butts, Would absolutely do it again. Would recommend some sort of yaktrax or ice cleats, if you want to stay upright if its icy
  • summer would be to hot to climb. I went in the spring it was perfect weather. It took me two hours to get to the top but I am 50 years old. Take your time drink lots of water. It was definitely well worth it. Do not miss this it's spectacular!
  • So worth the hike, which can be strenuous at times but you just have to pace yourself and take breaks when your body tells you to! Make sure you wear hiking shoes or equivalent, the trail is quite rocky and could be slippery depending on the weather or time of day. We went around 11am and the conditions were perfect, ended up shedding a layer because we got too warm on the climb up, but happy to have our coats available once we got to higher elevations. Take the time the go to the Sprout Mountain at the top after to go to the lake, there's a beautiful waterfall that you can walk behind. Plenty of space at the lake to sit and relax, and take pictures. Could've sat up there for hours looking at the view.

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