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Beautiful lake.

19 hours ago

Hiked 3/15/18: There was some snow in very small patches, no need for microspikes or crampons. Such beautiful views. Easier than moderate. I hope to return in spring /summer.

Beautiful trail in all respects. Well worn and well travelled trail along the creek to the first falls. No trash! Nice to run trails with no litter and no graffiti :) It is off limits because the property owner (Cave of the Winds) does not want to be responsible if you or I twist an ankle or something similar in our overly litigious world. If you hike or run trails you should take responsibility for yourself and your actions :) Great run but not to be taken lightly in flash flood season. Parked down in town at free lot and ran up. Have fun!

Pretty easy, but great view!

4 days ago

Steady climb but easy pace and well trafficked. Nice reward at the top.

Icy, but beautiful & worth the effort.

Don’t let the trailhead fool you! The path gets extremely(!!) steep and slick. Even with crampons it was tough! Saw lots of people attempting it with Converse/Nikes/Keds and slipping or having to just slide down. Many people turning back halfway too. Ice spikes are a must!

Great hike did it yesterday 03-10 about 3 Miles round trip.. beautiful lake the water was just as pristine as u can imagine and waterfall .. the trail is somewhat doable without micro spikes but highly recommend them because a few places were pretty slippery

Make sure to wear ice spikes! Can be pretty slippery. Great views and a great hiking workout - uphill madness!

Fun hike, needed my microspikes. Trail was snow packed and ice after the first 600 or so feet. People without traction devices were having lots of problems. Beautiful ice on the falls. Crystal clear water. I will definitely be back in the spring.

14 days ago

Hiked 3/2/18. As previously reported the road to trailhead is snow covered. I made it fine with AWD and you could make it with 2wd BUT if someone else is coming the other direction then you might get stuck trying to move over for them. Fantastic hike overall. Trail was snow covered but spikes were not needed

14 days ago

It is an amazing and beautiful hike to Hanging Lake. This trail is heavily trafficked and the parking lot fills up really quickly. They have plenty of areas to rest on your way up and it’s almost all up hill. It can be difficult for anyone not from the area with the high altitude. The way down is easy, up is the only semi difficult part but worth it!!

17 days ago

I did this hike on 2/27, arrived at 8am and the lot was empty. I got to spend a nice 40 minutes or so alone at the top before anyone else showed up.

Trail was snow packed and icy most of the way, especially at the very top. Traction control highly recommended.

I did this hike on a February Tuesday and it wasn’t crowded at all. Even in the winter the hike was wonderful, with some ice on the falls. I just wish I had brought spikes or hiking poles! Places were very slippery.

18 days ago

This is a great hike! Amazing pay off. We hiked it on a Thursday after a snow storm that week. Arrived around noon, parking was no issue. There was minimal traffic on the trail, I’m guessing because of the weather and time of week. Only saw about 10 other people on the trail. There is quite a bit of snow on the trail, some of which is packed down and very iced over in spots so I would bring some sort of crampons, as it was not snow covered enough for snowshoes. What did shock me was how close to the edge the trail brings you at the top of the mountain. While there are good guardrails in place this would be an issue if heights aren’t your thing!! If you’re planning on doing this hike I would plan soon as they are going to begin regulating the amount of traffic this trail sees per day with permits and capacity limits and shuttle transportation.

18 days ago

Amazing trail!!
Unfortunat there was no path anymore a 1/2mile before the 2nd waterfall so i navigated with GPS
It took me 2 days in a row making my way through knee deep snow to get 3/5 of the way to the lake.
I hope that someone wil follow my path soon before fresh snow and wind covers it en finishes it for me to the lake!!
So bummed that im leaving en cant finnish it myself tomorrow :(
Please let me know if you did!

20 days ago

Great hike in the snow. Snowshoes not needed. Gradual climb, windy! In the forest the whole time.

Beautiful short hike....falls are the perfect place for a picnic..

23 days ago

I arrived around 8am last Saturday and had the lake to myself for nearly 30 minutes. Two other people arrived as i headed down. Very rewarding hike and not to difficult. Bring yaktrax and arrive early.

Nice elevation gain in short span, but nothing too bad. Started early to beat the crowds. Only 2 people at the lake when I arrived. Beautiful, stunning and peaceful! On the way down, I passed by at least 100 people or so.

One of my favorite trails, although very heavy trafficked. A pretty steep incline but the view of the lake is ABSOLUTELY worth it! Don't forget to check out the waterfall up and behind the lake and many people miss!

Yak tracks are recommended in the winter. Absolutely gorgeous at the top!

Lots of snow but it was packed down nicely so didn’t need snowshoes to do the loop. Was tougher than usual trudging through the snow obviously. Beautiful views as usual! Road closed to the trailhead so you have to park a bit back that is an extra 0.8 mile from parking to the start of the lake loop.

1 month ago

Gorgeous trail, worth the climb year-round. Mid December I used my micro spikes since snowshoes weren’t needed. Dress in layers! Warm on the way up but hanging out by the falls and coming down gets chilly and damp.

1 month ago

Hiked 2/3/18. Road to trailhead was snow covered. 4wd/Awd helpful, but there was one 2wd vehicle in parking lot. Much of the trail was packed snow and some ice. Traction not necessary, but trekking poles were helpful. Nice views

1 month ago

Just wished for more snow...

It was very slippery with ice covering most of the trail. Lots of traffic came in around 10:30am as we were leaving.

great views but usually over crowded

Hiking Hanging Lake in the winter was definitely worth it. The half frozen lake and the frozen sections of waterfall gave it a unique look. I would highly recommend using yaktraks or another alternative this time of year due to icy sections of the trail.

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