Hanging Lake Trail

MODERATE 886 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

[NOTE: 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.] Hanging Lake is near Glenwood Springs, Colorado is a fascinating place to see, high in the mountains, at the end of a hike along Deadhorse Creek and through rocky canyons. Hanging Lake located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-4 hours. The trail is very steep with many large rocks/steps. A little work and you will find yourself at one of Colorado's most visited and beautiful short hikes!

56 minutes ago

7 hours ago

Hanging Lake is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Getting to the parking lot, finding parking, the hike that goes straight up and fighting the crowds on the trail make you rethink this and the you reach the lake and waterfall and realize it was worth it.

20 hours ago

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1 day ago

Went at 6:30 on a Tuesday morning. At that time there was plenty of parking. Be weary of the Glenwood Springs area construction because there are only back-on-70 (East bound) ramps in that area. Other exit ramps (and there are only a few) are closed for construction. There is a lot of traffic. I recommend getting there early. Please DO NOT touch the water, or the ecosystem at the top. There are regulations on the website that explain why the environment is so fragile. They will require permits for this trail starting next season (fall/winter). Also, please be mindful of where you place your items so that they do not fall and create trash. Overall, beautiful trail and lake. Hike was strenuous but worth it. Bring LOTS of water (2 liters) and prepare for 4-5 hours. Use bathroom at bottom near parking lot before going on trail as there are none along the way or at the top. Bring walking sticks to balance yourself.

hiking
1 day ago

Not moderate if you are a flat lander. Elevation change was brutal. Very nice, but very crowded.
Beautiful scenery.

Simply amazing. Get there early in the day, but well worth the effort!

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2 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

Awesome hike.

3 days ago

Beautiful hike. As everyone else says:. Get there early, take water and wear really good shoes!

3 days ago

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4 days ago

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4 days ago

Arrived at 640am on a Saturday morning in August. Ample space in the parking lot, but more and more cars coming in by the time we headed to trailhead. Saw a few parties along the way up and spent a solid amount of time at the lake relaxing and taking photos. It was spectacular!! Also, spouting rock is not to be missed. You get to walk behind a waterfall. Got back to the car around 930 and there was a long line of cars waiting for parking spaces. Def go early. The trail is steep and very narrow at times, and it can be a pain waiting for a steam of people to pass so you can continue on your way.

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

A beautiful evening hike for nature photographers! You can catch the light just right on the falls close to sunset. Took us about 1.5 hours to get to the top and quicker coming down. Because we came at around 5:30 pm there was plenty of parking.

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5 days ago

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6 days ago

Get there early! We arrived at 7:15 and there was plenty of parking. When we left the parking lot was completely full and possibly 10 cars waiting. Hard hike for us but not something we do all the time. Steep and rocky but worth it. Beautiful views. Take the short trail to the waterfall once at the top.

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6 days ago

Great work out with beautiful views along the trail as well as the end of course. Lots of fun and a decent amount of shade throughout. Lots of kids on the hike but it was a big challenge for most of them and they ended up being carried at the end. Would recommend for ages 5 and up depending on athletic capabilities, no younger unless you plan on carrying them. This trail is very crowded so if you are an avid hiker and used to completely enjoying the quiet and peacefulness of a hike you may need to exercise some patience.