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. Make Hanging Lake Trail part of your personalized Glenwood Springs itinerary using our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site .
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  • Toller Lake, after a one-hour hike you get rewarded with views of an Idyll. The trail is very well developed, but boots are mandatory, since it also steeply uphill part.
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  • Hanging Lake was a moderately difficult trail with lots of rocks and steps. We enjoyed the shady trail on the warm day. Take lots of water and snacks or lunch. Our Hiking sticks were very helpful goin...  more »
  • This is a beautiful place. It is not an easy hike. The day we were there they had to carry a lady down that broke her ankle. The officer that was at the trailhead said they ave 2 to 3 per week. But it...  more »
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  • Very beautiful place to visit! The trail is around a mile but very strenuous and mostly uphill going in. In some places it is narrow and single file is needed. This can create traffic jams with people trying to go up or down so place have patience and plan for extra time. We arrived at 7:45am on Friday morning and the parking lot was getting full. I would recommend getting there early. It was fun to watch the shadows move across the lake as the sun rise higher. There is also no water or bathroom once you start the hike. No dogs are allowed so please respect this. We saw two rangers on the trail who were happy to answer any questions. Once you get to the lake I would recommend hiking the additional little bit up past the lake to see the waterfall. This is an amazing area. Please be respectful and enjoy nature’s beauty.
  • Hands down the best view I've seen in all of my adventures though Colorado so far. The hike is actually more of a climb so leave your pets at home! There are seven bridges to cross on your journey up from the base, but once you reach that first waterfall you get a beautiful place to picnic or just rest. But! There's also a second waterfall up the stairs if you keep going another five minutes that you can get a lot closer to and I highly recommend it.
  • Hanging Lake is well worth the hike up to it. It's about a mile and half to top. Hike wasn't bad but the altitude was hard on us Texans. Lots of places to rest and take pictures. Go early in morningm it gets busy. The lake is stunningly beautiful. It's a little piece of heaven on Earth. And make sure you do the 5 minute hike up to spout rock and walk behind the waterfall. Very cool! It was free to enter but that's changing next year and they're limiting number of visitors so glad we got to do this. It's a must see!!
  • Beautiful spot! But FOR GOODNESS SAKE PEOPLE! DON'T. GO. SWIMMING. There's signs posted everywhere saying how our body oils destroy the lovely color and yet people still swim! They will close this place to the public if it continues! Please don't swim!
  • Pretty crowded (obviously for good reason) and worth the elevated hike. The turquoise hue of crystal clear water makes everything about the 1.2 mile hike worth it. This anomaly of a sink hole crater lake is worth the stop. And BONUS- hike above hanging lake to spouting rock. It’s a cool addition (pictures included)

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