Summary: From the parking area walk east along the paved trail. After a couple of hundred yards you will see a trail leading off to the left and marked as the trail for Hanging Lake. Take this trail all the way to the lake. The trail is a little steep and rocky, so though it is only 1 mile to the lake it may take you a little time. This canyon is beautiful though, so stop every once in a while to catch your breath and look around. The last 100 yards to the lake is steep up a cliff side with a railing on the outside. Upon reaching the lake you will find a boardwalk, please stay on this board walk as the environment at Hanging Lake is extremely fragile.
Trailhead: Hanging Lake rest area can only be accessed from the East bound lanes of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. If you're coming from the east you must pass hanging lake, turn around at Grizzly Creek and head back east on I-70 to the Hanging Lake exit. The Hanging Lake exit is nearly 10 miles East of Glenwood springs. After taking the exit for Hanging Lake simply follow the road into the parking area. This area can be crowded during the summer, so you may have to park a ways away. (Lat:39.59302 Lon:-107.18378)
Trail Guides for Hanging Lake:
100 Classic Hikes in Colorado Second Edition
by Scott S Warren (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Eagle Ranger District 970-328-6388
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Laura on 7/28/2012
The view is certainly gorgeous, and well worth the work it takes to get to the top. However, this hike is rated as moderately difficult. If you're out of shape, you'll have trouble getting up to the top. Yes, it's only a mile. But it's practically entirely vertical. This hike was especially difficult for my family and I as we are NOT local, and we are absolutely not conditioned to the elevation changes, so we were gasping for air and feeling lightheaded and nauseous as soon as we started. Be careful!
Reviewed by Sharon on 6/13/2011
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Reviewed by Leslie on 12/21/2010
Hiked this twice several Summers back when I lived in Vail. A bit of a tough hike, but you'll make it just fine, as I had 70 year old couples passing me on the trail. Once you make it to the top, the hard work of getting there is immediately forgotten...what a breathtaking sight. One of the prettiest places I've ever been. Take a camera!
Reviewed by RG Napa, Ca on 8/18/2010
This is a have to do if youâ€™re in the area. The hike is a step above moderate, more towards the difficult area. Being in shape a Plus for you. All in all a very beautiful hike and place to visit. Make sure you ware the appropriate shoes and take plenty of water. The new railing is a great piece of work. Thank You to all that did the work! Donâ€™t forget the camera. (PS) The highway is well marked with directions.
Reviewed by rc on 5/21/2010
excellent short hike and well worth the stop if you are passing through. cdot is closing the trail from may 1st to aug 1st 2010 and Sep 15-20 :(
Reviewed by HK on 1/7/2010
great winter hike - no crowds and beautiful frozen ice formations
Reviewed by lhs on 10/12/2009
This is one of my wife and mine favorties. If you are in shape the hike is no problem. If not, take your time. We do this once a quarter, but, beware. In winter the last 100 yards is extreme. There is a video on You Tube done by an experienced hiker describing it. If you are thinking of doing it in deep snow, you might want to watch the video first. All other times, enjoy. And, yes, to go without seeing Spouting Rock at least once, is not to see Hanging Lake.
Reviewed by c on 9/18/2009
The directions are incorrect. If you are 'driving or heading' west then you would pass the trail and come back from Grizzly creek. Not if you are coming from the west, if you are coming from the west you would take the direct Hanging Lake Exit
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