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Hanging Lake

Glenwood Springs,  
From You7127.60 Mi
Local TipsGo early during the summer season, parking is limited and it's a very popular tourist hike.
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-09-17
Created ByRedhead Running
  • Soft
  • Hiking
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Hills
  • Single-Track
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance0-3
Volume of Use
  • Steady
  • Heavy Peaks
DescriptionThe Hanging Lake trail-head is located approximately 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs located along the Glenwood Canyon Bike and Pedestrian Path that runs along the north side of I-70 in the bottom of the canyon. The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River and ascends some 1,000 feet (300 m) in elevation for 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the trailhead to the lake, with foot bridges spanning the creek along the way. Near the top, the trail becomes rocky and steep, but handrails help guide visitors to the boardwalk that frames a portion of the lake. Be sure to follow the signs the short distance to Spouting Rock, where icy water from snow-melt high atop the Flat Tops barrels through a narrow hole in the limestone rock. Though the trail is only a little over a mile long, it is steep and rocky in places. Hikers are advised to bring adequate hydration and wear sturdy shoes.

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