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12 hours ago

This trail and it’s rewards are gorgeous. Hanging Lake and Spouting Rock are so worth the effort. I am a 50 year old person in ok shape who doesn’t hike very much, and I would definitely call this trail difficult rather than moderate. It’s a vertical climb on rocks and steps all the way up. Slow and steady wins the race - we and many others took a LOT of short breaks to get up to the top. There are a lot of benches along the hike where you can rest. My knees are sore today from coming back down. However it’s one of the most glorious lakes I’ve ever hiked to. And the satisfaction of having completed this hike is quite nice too.

14 hours ago

My new favorite trail. The end would have been a little better a few weeks ago, there's tons of aspens up when you go away from the creek. Unlike most trails this follows along the creek right at the start, tons of shade even in late October and still lots of color. You climb up along the side of the narrow valley following the creek, lots of cross overs from the little streams that flow into it. Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek get all the attention in Glenwood Canyon but this is a great trail.

1 day ago

we went here oct 21. the hanging lake itself is absolutely gorgeous! unfortunately you have to climb for over a mile almost the entire way. it definitely took the wind out of us being from GA and all :P I was a little disappointed because the waterfall was pretty dried up at this time of the season. it would have been nicer in the spring or summer when the waterfall is a constant companion. all in all quiet nice. definitely take your time as some of the rocks are extremely slippy! I lost count of how many people I saw slip on the rocks both on the way up and down.

Awesome hike.

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5 days ago


9 days ago

Grizzly Creek is a great hike! Peaceful with the sounds of water and beautiful scenery! We didn’t walk the whole thing so I can’t say how it ends but the first 1-2 miles in was pretty easy. Not too crowded either.

Possibly my favorite short hike in Colorado. Please stay on the trail and out of the water so we can keep this trail open.

10 days ago

Hanging Lake was stunning today! Rather steep and rocky but definitely worth the views all the way up. I am not super fit or out of shape (somewhere in the middle) and I was able to do it without too much difficulty. Bring water and snacks!
Also, be sure to see Spouting Rock! It’s a quick trail right before you reach the top of Hanging Lake. It’s a gorgeous waterfall you won’t want to miss!

The slope was very steep but the lake was amazing!

17 days ago

Scenery: 4.5
Views: 3
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 4
Shade: 4

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Great trail, gorgeous views. We went on a Monday morning in late September, arrived maybe 9:30 and had no trouble with parking and trail was not too crowded. It's very steep but not otherwise difficult. Took 50 minutes going up for two moderately- in-shape 50-something women, but I can see how when it's more crowded it will take longer, as you will have to keep stepping aside for people going up or down. Worth the effort!

22 days ago

Great trail! We loved the constant sound of the creek and the high canyon walls either side. The climb is broken up by numerous short stretches of flat (or almost flat) which often allow you to catch your breath a bit without stopping. Highly recommended and easy to access.

Too crowded, really neat, should be renamed to hanging pond

nice long hike by the water, mostly shady there will be a point where you'll see a broken tree on the trail and it will seem like you can't go any further but climb over it and keep going till you get to the waterfall

Trail etiquette does not exist on this trail, bunches of white people.

Going past the main bridge is moderately worth it. Probably another 15 minutes until a nice view looking down the canyon. All of the waterfalls are about 10 minutes before the main bridge 3 miles up.

Not much distance and little bit difficult. Very rocky and need to make sure you have hiking boots. Hanging Lake is superb and worth a visit

25 days ago

Must do hike! We arrived early on a Friday morning in late Sept. & had no trouble with parking. It’s steep & our hiking poles made the hike up easier (didn’t use on the way down). Apple Watch, starting from parking lot logged 1.75 miles in 1 hour & 3 minutes. Clocked same time headed down, which includes more pauses for up-hill right away. Bring water & a small snack. The final section has railing with steep drop-offs, but very short distance & may only be a bit scary for those with a fear of heights.

25 days ago

Nice quick steep hike with pretty views of Glenwood Springs & dog friendly.

26 days ago

Loved this hike! Note that the parking lot fills up quickly!! It was packed on Sunday when we went so we couldn’t go. Ranger told us to try back Monday or Tuesday! We ended up not getting back there till Thursday and it was packed but not full. Have patience circling for a spot!

The hike is great. Constantly going up, pretty views all around. Very rocky trail. The hardest part is right before you reach the lake! Gorgeous lake and sooo well worth the hike!!

27 days ago

Great hike! We hiked this September 10th. Definitely worth the work to get to the top. I would say this is not an easy hike but not as hard as I had thought it would be. There are some difficult places and we just took our time so we didn’t have any accidents. I can see where if you try to go to fast in places you could end up hurt and hurt badly. I would highly recommend poles for stability in places.

27 days ago

Great trail! Good rated trail for all hiking abilities (I wore Chaco’s and casual clothes).

Although it is a very high traffic trail it is absolutely worth the hike! It is not necessarily a long hike but for someone who is just coming into elevation take it slow no need to exhaust yourself.

If you’re just in Colorado for a short time I 100% recommend this. #1: it’s one of the coolest lakes in all of Colorado #2: the Glenwood canyons are worth driving through to get to it.... one of the best stretches of Road in Colorado! Happy hiking! Be safe! BRING WATER!


amazing hike :)

Really a perfect little hike to an amazing water feature.

Easy and nice and scenic. Short and urbanish.

Great hike but not for older people, people who live at sea level, and anyone who can’t climb over rock on steep hills. Challenging!! Good hiking boots and poles important!! And lots of water.

Great hiking trail just past Kid Curry gravesite if you desire to go further. First seems to go straight up and can be strenuous but after a short while there are small trails off to the sides that go back and forth and are more level if you don't desire going straight up. Hiked for a total of 2.5miles from TH before calling it quits due to half bottle of water

Really pretty. Crowded on Sat at the falls but not the longer trail. $7 day pass required.

Good short trail, easy for young kids.

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