Explore the most popular hiking trails near Glenwood Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great waterfalls, definitely go to spouting rock after the lake!!!

Steep hike but well worth the effort put in! The lake up top is stunning and peaceful. I would definitely take the extra few steps further up to see sprouting rock falls. Beautiful waterfall which you are able to walk behind. My friend and I were driving back from Moab, Utah to Denver and decided to stop and do this hike. Took us about 2.5 hours round trip. Wear good hiking shoes as you’ll be climbing over rock the majority of the time. Have fun!

Steep hike, lots of fun! Would do it again

One of my oldest friends and I did this hike last Monday (5/14). We drove all the way from Denver, leaving around 5 am and arriving at the trailhead at 8 am. It took us about two hours to complete the hike, and let me tell you, it was worth the drive!

With beautiful cascading waterfalls the entire way up to the lake, this is one of the most majestic hikes I have been on. It is pretty much straight uphill after you leave the pavement. And although it is a relatively short hike, the 1200 feet of elevation gain over 1.4 miles made me break a sweat.

The lake itself is magnificent. I wish we would have been there a few hours later when the sunlight could illuminate the brilliantly bright emerald rocks reflecting through the pool, but then the crowds would have been overwhelming.

I think we actually enjoyed Spouting Rock more than the lake itself, as you can go directly behind/beneath it with the three waterfalls cascading down upon you.

Overall this was a magnificent hike that I would love to revisit! As with all SUPER popular hikes in Colorado, it's important to start early if you want to avoid crowds and ensure a spot in the small parking lot below.

beautiful

Wow - what an incredible hike! My only complaint would be that this trail gets very crowded, so if you’re in search of seclusion, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, it’s worth the hype! The hike up to the lake is steep but manageable and follows along a stream the whole way. The trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. Once up top, you’re rewarded with a truly unique view. The water cascading into the turquoise hued lake almost makes you forget about the stunning canyon view below. Make sure to continue the short distance past the lake to check out Spouting Rock, a larger waterfall that spouts directly from a cliff face. Even better, you can walk behind the falls to cool off and enjoy the view.

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5 days ago

The rushing river is nice, as are some of the mountain views on either side of the canyon. That said, be FOREWARNED, the All Trail stats are appear to only cover the distance between the trail head and the bridge. Per the US Forest Service, the trail itself is actually 7.6 miles one way with a 5,000 ft elevation gain. I, unfortunately, learned this the hard way and only looked up the US Forest Service states after being befuddled on how a 6.7 mile hike could have taken me over five hours and left me so exhausted. Here is a more accurate summary of the trail.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5186511.pdf

Finally, if you are going to go past the bridge, a pair of long pants are advisable a the path is a bit overgrown in spots

Amazing trail. Nice and steep with a lot of rocky terrain. The waterfalls and the lake were beautiful and well worth the hike. The trail is very well kept up with. I only had to carry out one piece of trash. Highly recommend this trail!!

Beautiful hike first thing in the morning, the trail gets really crowded after 8 AM. If you want a super amazing hike try and get there before sunrise. It’s a great work out first thing in the morning. You have about 1100 feet elevation gain in 1.3 miles. If you want to be one with nature, this is it. The beautiful sounds of the waterfalls throughout the entire hike and mother nature did not disappoint when she made this lake. It is absolutely stunning. Enjoy!

good hike nice views

Great short hike with a view and lots of history.

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7 days ago

Beautiful hike! Make sure to wear sturdy shoes because the incline is covered in rocks going all the way up to Hanging Lake. Recommend lots of water too! Total hike time up to the lake was 40-45 mins on a moderate pace.

A must do in Colorado

Great hike. Soothing water the entire hike.

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8 days ago

Start early if you don't like crowds. Beautiful. Rocky trail, so wear good shoes. We come every year; the scenery all the way up is worth the effort.

Beautiful hike along raging white water, dips in and out from forest to rocky terrain. Very good view from back of Canyon at end of trail.

Great hike 734 vertical climb 1.2 Miles

This hike is just amazing. The views are so worth it. The trail itself is rocky and and steep in areas, but nothing our children ages 6, 9, and 13 couldn't handle. Worth the extra climb to Sprouting Rock. The only annoying thing was that even though the signage clearly says "no dogs" people had their dogs on the trail anyway.

The route isn't 3.5 round trip. It's closer to 6-7 if you out and back it.

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12 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not too crowded. I severely underestimated how “steep and rocky” this hike was. I read the signs, but my stubborn brain said “it’s only 1.2 miles”, and my stupid fat body was like “yeah you can do it, go on a hike, lose some weight.” Wow. All in all it was a great hike, nice shady trail, gorgeous view at the top. But I just realized how out of shape I am. But if a chubby guy like me can do it, you can too!

Es increíble. Vale la pena. Esperé mucho tiempo para poder hacer el recorrido.

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14 days ago

Got there at 7:30a on a Sunday, not a lot of cars there. I’m from Michigan and did not prepare myself physically like I should have and took a good amount of breaks on the way up, but it was so worth it. Took probably way too many pictures but the views were too good to not capture them!

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15 days ago

beautiful. Got there 4/21 at 8:30am and the parking lot was about 3/4 full. It was completely full when we got back down around 11am. moderate hike that felt like stairs most of the way up. Had snowed the previous day so it was quite muddy with the snow melting but otherwise a beautiful hike. trail is easy to follow, there are a few narrow segments where it would be difficult to pass people.

Got lucky with parking a hardly no one there... towards the end of the day. Beautiful once you reach the top. Last stretch was difficult. Wouldn’t recommend for my mother or someone with knee issues.

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16 days ago

We went there on a Sunday morning. Would be a much better experience if it was not so crowded. Also, bathrooms were quite dirty and stinky.

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16 days ago

Almost no one else there on a drizzly Thursday morning. I can't add much that hasn't already been said below: It is pretty steep but not too long. It's rocky but, even with a little rain, it wasn't too slippery. The views on the way up are fantastic and the lake is a view I'll always remember. Good stuff.

The raging water was great to hear and the trees smelled so good! Beautiful place.

Soooo intense. We made it to the look out point but decided to make the trek to the actual memorial with all the head stones. It was so worth it to see all of them but it was an incredibly difficult incline! Great work out.

The hike up the trail was challenging but manageable. The reward is 10 fold when you see the pristine beauty of Hanging Lake. I will definitely be hiking this one again.

Have to hit this trail at 6 am if you want a parking spot. Light use in the morning and heavy use in the afternoon. Alot of changes happening soon with a permit system.

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