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Hanging Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 1,135 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Cave Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Closed Fee No dogs
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NOTE: The Hanging Lake Trail is closed as of August 2020 due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. Please check with the Forest Service for updates and more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices/?aid=60765 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. 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. If you hike this in the winter it may be icy and you will need crampons.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, Phone: 800-COLORADO

I believe the canyon walls are so tall that the GPS tracks are not accurate. I have tried to arrange them a little more accordingly to what I can see of the trail on the editor.

Directions from Eagle: Travel 23 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Grizzly exit on Glenwood Canyon. Turn around, get back on the eastbound lane of I-70 and head back to the Hanging Lake exit (there is no westbound exit). There is a new large developed rest area with toilets, drinking water, information and parking. The trail itself begins 1/4 mile east of the rest area on the left just before a bridge. There are picnic tables at the rest area and at the trailhead. It is important to note that dogs are not allowed on this trail because of its high use. There are no facilities at the top of the trail and because of the strenuous nature of the trail, make sure you bring drinking water.

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Holly Bosley
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HikingFeeRocky

This was an amazing hike that needs to be reserved online ahead of time! Be prepared to hike 1 1/4 mile uphill but there are plenty of benches and places to rest. There are mile markers at each quarter and you will cross 7 bridges as you travel up. The small (5 min) hike to see the Spouting Rock waterfall and it is definitely worth seeing after so much work to make it to the top. Beautiful lake and hike!

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Corey Snipes
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HikingGreat!

Sad to see this is closed hiked it a couple years ago with my friend for my birthday and was amazing. Definitely plan to go back when it’s opened back up.

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Tyler Schauer
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New to the app, but felt obligated to leave a review for this trail. Made a road trip to Colorado last spring and hiked many free trails. We were leery of paying for this trail and assuming it would be a classic tourist attraction, however we were very wrong. Although it may be busier than some hikers may prefer, it is an unforgettable hike that you will not regret. Highly recommend.

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Yulma V
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I have completed this hike twice already and it’s always been on my top favorite when visiting CO! Sad the trail is currently closed.

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Asante Reliford
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HikingGreat!

Did this trail a few years ago. It is closed now due to fires, but I recommend once it opens back up

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Rick Baron
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Is this trail open since there is no damage or closed still?

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Stephen King
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Why do people rate the trail one star for reasons like, "couldn't use the trail" or "we've lost hanging like to the grizzly creek fire." Especially when that doesn't appear to be true: https://www.aspentimes.com/news/hanging-lake-miracle-new-ground-assessments-reveal-no-damage-to-trail-infrastructure-or-lake/

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Joshuah Smith
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We’ve lost hanging lake to the 2020 grizzly creek fire

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Elizabeth Levine
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Sadly it sounds as if the trail may have been lost due to the Grizzly Creek Fire (uncontained as of the time of this post). The trail is closed at a minimum until the fire is under control. Wanted to post as it looks like many folks from out of state are travelling to the trail in the month of August / September 2020.

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Reva Cook
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Note this trail is currently closed until at least Monday August 17th due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. I-70 is closed going east past Glenwood Springs.

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Mercy Sequeira
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Anyone have passes for August 27th anytime before 3 in the afternoon. Looking for 2 to 4 passes. Driving from California. Write Mercy@mercylaw.com. Thanks!

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shekinah gibbs
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Anyone have any passes (2) to sell for Saturday August 15th?

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Alejandra Domínguez
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Me encanto! Hay que ir a Glenwood springs y comprar boletos, ir en un transporte Ida y vuelta. ( antes de la Pandemia ) Es como un trail de puros escalones.

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Monica Thibodeau
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I'm looking for one more pass for the hike on Labor Day - Monday, September 7th. Traveling out from Michigan and hoping our whole party of 4 can make it in. Please email at monthibs@gmail.com Thanks in advance!

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Heather Whalen
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One of my favorite hikes with a beautiful view at the top

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dan reynolds
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would anyone have 4 passes for Saturday August 29th to sell? Thanks!! Dan @ pakfanz@gmail.com

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Kenza Fernandez
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Anyone willing to sell 5 passes from today to the 21st of Aug please email alejandradominguez@me.com Thanks!

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John MacDonald
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Rock/root and fine brown dirt dust trail, with an impressive geological feature at the end.

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Emily Hamilton
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Does anyone have 5 passes we could buy for either August 10th or 11th? Thanks so much! emzhamilton@gmail.com

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Sue Gold
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Hi does anyone have 6-8 passes they are willing to sell for 8/21/2020? We would love to go see Hanging Lake. After 5pm do you need a pass? Please email me at shoponline9@yahoo.com with any info. Thanks Sue

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Simon Ucros
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Hi, we are looking for two passes for saturday august 15th. Please text me at 8325288033. Thanks!!

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Amanda VonRuden
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Hard but perfect length for beginner.

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Jacob Blizzard
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Anyone willing to sell 5 permits for sometime between the 8/26-8/30 email me please at Jacob.blizzard@att.net. Otherwise if you have a way around the permit system let me know too please.

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Daren Craig
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One of my all time favorite hikes/places. Definitely a plus that you have to reserve time slots now; not as crowded up top, or throughout.

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Rachael Lynn
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Rough hike going up, pretty much all incline but well worth it!! Decent amount of shade, very rocky.

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Lindsey Rey
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Missi Stec
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Brutal climb up. But worth every second.

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