Hanging Lake Trail

MODERATE 1,037 reviews

Hanging Lake Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1207 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Hanging Lake Trail is one of Colorado's most visited and beautiful short hikes. Perched high in the mountains, the trail takes you along Dead Horse Creek and through the rocky Glenwood Canyon. It is a national natural landmark in the White River National Forest near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that can be reached easily from Denver. The trailhead is at a rest stop just off I-70 and the parking area is right next to the Colorado River. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-4 hours. This steep hike has many large rocks and steps. Don't forget to follow the signs at the top to Spouting Rock, where snow-melt water from the Flat Tops pours out a hole in the limestone cliff. [NOTE: Because of its fragile ecosystem, visitors are not allowed to enter the water or climb on the logs in the lake. Please stay on the trail and obey posted signs in this unique and fragile environment.]

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This was an amazing trail! Steep in spots and a lot of very tall rock 'stairs'. If you're out-of-towners, like us-- keep in mind the altitude and physicality of this trail WILL affect you! There are plenty of places to rest along the way. Once you get to the top, it's all worth it! Bring your camera, the views are super!

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2 days ago

Steep climb, scenic, and the lake is beautiful. Wife and I did this round trip in 1 1/2 hrs. We started at 9 am, by the time we were leaving the lot it was packed. No way back onto 70 heading east, 3 mile ride back west for the u turn. Worth the trip!

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2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Kind of steep in some areas. Def wear appropriate shoes and clothing.

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4 days ago

Fantastic! The colors right now are amazing.

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5 days ago

I love this hike, not too long, well marked, good climb and well worth it. The lake is crystal clear with a lovely waterfall into the backside. Take the small trail before the lake to see spouting rock!

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6 days ago

awesome trail, don't forget to go to Sprouting rock which is just past Hanging Lake to see the awesome waterfall!

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7 days ago

Amazing!

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9 days ago

Much harder than I anticipated but worth the effort! We were slow but made the round trip in 3 hours including spouting rock. Such an amazing place!

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