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Hanging Lake

Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601 USA

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  • No Public
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“the Gem of Glenwood Canyon”

Hanging Lake is a crystal-clear, turquoise blue lake that is a short, steep, but rewarding hike that starts in Glenwood Canyon. Hanging Lake was just added to the roster of National Natural Landmarks. This glacially formed lake suspended at the edge of Glenwood Canyon with stunning waterfalls that descend into a travertine lake full of trout and crystal clear water. It can be accessed year-round from Glenwood Canyon, with its trailhead about ten miles east of Glenwood Springs. It’s a mile to the top and 1000 feet up, and takes about an hour and half round-trip. Five minutes beyond the lake is Spouting Rock, which is not to be missed once the lake is attained.In 2010, the White River National Forest completed a restoration project to the Hanging Lake Trail. With improved railings and a new viewing platform, be sure to visit Glenwood Springs soon to hike the popular trail!

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Reviewed by
ajcadoo

  • 10 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
July 02, 2014

Give yourself 2 hours at least. You can do it in 90 minutes if you rush. Trail is shaded by trees mostly. Very steep and rocky, narrow especially at the top where it is single file clearance. Remarkable how the lake literally hangs off the mountain. It is gorgeous. But the water is cold, don't expect to jump in! Also very crowded, even on a weekday. Weekends would presumably be at least 3 hours just due to the amount of people. Parking is convenient.

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Reviewed by
kattfulton

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Absolutely beautiful. Difficult hike- extremely crowded (single file line up and down, like hundreds of people- in October). The last 30 ft is straight up- not for the faint of heart. That being said, I did the hike in about 3 hours- next to an 80 year old woman and a 5 year old kid. It's a wonderful area. Even just the trail by the river is a sight to see. Do it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Lauren

  • 9 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
June 17, 2014

Great mini hike! The climb was a bit steep - especially if you aren't used to breathing at that altitude (7000ish to 8000ish) but well worth it! You can go a bit past the lake (higher and less than 1/4 mile) to Spouting Rock, which with the right amount of rain/runoff can be quite the mini waterfall. You can walk right up to it and behind it as well. Also be warned if you like solitary hiking - even in a more off-season trip (early May) it was fairly crowded around the lake.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kelsiemyers

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 20, 2017
Rated 1.0

Dogs not allowed 👎

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Reviewed by
C. Hackley

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 13, 2017
Rated 4.0

As far as hikes go, it's a little challenging but the scenery is beautiful and once you get up there is is breathtaking. Don't stop at the lake; if you keep hiking there is a spouting rock that is really cool. I didn't know about it the first time I went.

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Reviewed by
LinaJuozelskis

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 07, 2017
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous! Quick hike up and down. The views of the waterfalls are very cool.

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Reviewed by
bbydeer4635

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 19, 2016
Rated 5.0

An exhausting hike that seems to go on forever but the view was totally worth it!

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Reviewed by
KaraForresterHaselton

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 21, 2016
Rated 5.0

Tough hike up, especially if there is snow/ice but so worth it. Beautiful!! Don't miss Spouting Rock it is a short walk and quite pretty.

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Reviewed by
spyder8913

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

fantastic trail

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Reviewed by
pattyo1194

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 16, 2016
Rated 5.0

Tough hike up, but the trail is well-maintained and the views are amazing. Payoff is worth every step. Crowded, but it didn't matter at all.

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Hanging Lake

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
81601 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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