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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Hanging Lake Trail reviews
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...
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 »
Truly 6/5 stars! The hike is challenging but attainable. Suggest wearing some good hiking boots as the path is rocky (both large and loose rocks). Also the reservation system makes complete sense as the lake is peaceful with only a handful of groups there. The lake is gorgeous and there is a friendly chipmunk there to boot! (Side note: don't feed it but it'll get close enough for good pics!)
This was a pretty hike. There is a lot of shade from the trees. I did this hike on my fifth day at high altitude. Be sure to consider the altitude and the fact it is a constant incline. Check out the waterfall past the lake
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