Hiking Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs, CO USA

Hanging Lake is a great family hike, and promises to have beautiful scenery throughout the year. Conveniently located just east of Glenwood Springs, it makes for a quick hike for lunch or a good start or finish to the day.  It’s quick elevation climb (1200 ft in 1.2 miles) will provide a couple sweat droplets to appear on the brow, but definitely won’t hurt. The trailhead is set-up nicely with full modern conveniences but has no food or snacks. Remember, always bring more water and warm clothing than you think you will need.

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Trail Head at Hanging Lake

Small falls are all over this forest. As we trek up the trail, we will encounter many waterfalls. One finds themselves in the middle of a canyon that was formed by water erosion thousands of years ago.   This water flows directly into the Colorado River which you can see from the trailhead.

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Water falls are abundant in this area.

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The top is a nice reward.

*Feature written and photographed by Phillips, October 1999.  All information regarding distance and altitude was provided by the kiosk at the trailhead.



Take I-70 to hanging lake exit approximately 8 miles east of Glenwood Springs. Follow the trailhead up. For more details on how to get to this hike call the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort at 1-888-4-Glenwood.

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