Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Canyon

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Exit 122 on I-70 west bound, Glenwood Springs, CO, USA

Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Canyon Glenwood Springs Reviews

saritabanana saritaba…
6 reviews
Amazing Hike Apr 03, 2011
Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon...

All I can say is WOW!

Nice hike to the lake, well worth the effort!!

The lake itself is amazing and the views from up there are beautiful!

I could just sit there all day its so beautiful!

I dont know what else to say it kinda took the words away...check out my pics and judge for yourself....
saritabanana says:
Sorry had problems uploading pics...will come back to it!
Posted on: Apr 03, 2011
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williamsworld williams…
285 reviews
Long hard hike Jul 04, 2008
This is a great day adventure for anyone who likes to be outdoors. You actually drive up through the canyon to get to Hanging Lake. The canyon runs for about 15 miles, with the town of Glenwood Springs at its western end. Interstate 70 runs through the canyon; it was the most expensive stretch of interstate highway ever built. The highway project was completed with minimal environmental damage and makes many places within the dramatic canyon easily accessible. A smooth, paved bike path, the Glenwood Canyon Recreational Trail, also runs 16 miles through the canyon with several access points off the interstate and various rafting companies run this stretch of the Colorado.

You can park your car at the trailhead, but you will have to walk a bit to get to it. Beware of all the cyclist and in-line skaters. They believe they own the road. I would suggest to bring a lunch. There are picnic tables at the bottom as well as facilities. If you look to your south or upriver you will see a massive amphitheater that was carved by the river.

It will take about an hour or more to climb up and about the same amount of time to go down. Pace yourself and drink lots of water as you go. You will see people out of breath all along the way. It is quite funny. There are a few benches along the way to rest if you need to.

The Hanging Lake trail itself is steep (1000' elevation gain in 1.2 miles), with lots of turns and rocky. However, it is very popular owing to the spectacular views and can be fairly crowded on weekends. As with many Colorado hikes, starting early in the morning in summer is a good idea to avoid the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms (and heat, and bigger crowds on weekends). The stretch of trail after the 1 mile mark is particularly steep but fortunately there are steel handrails provided. There is a boardwalk around the precarious outside edge of the lake which the Boy Scouts built, to prevent erosion--it wouldn't take much to drain the lake right out of existence! You can walk nearly around the lake and underneath the falls on the far side. A must-see side trail leads to another falls and Spouting Rock, which needs little additional explanation.

On your way down, you will notice that you are using a different group of muscles, so don't try and run, gravity will bring you down, I promise. Many people on their way up will ask, 'how much further?' I always like this question because it makes me feel in control. You can just say like the locals, "You're almost there."
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