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Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Springs

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Must see · 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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  • I read that this trail was rated 'moderate' but they must be in better shape than I am (which is probable lol). The trail is very rocky, and basically staircase after staircase - and some of them...  more »
  • This hike was moderate with a few areas that are more difficult. The trail is made of rock steps so easier to navigate. It's kind of like an outdoor stair stepper. The landscape makes you feel...  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.

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