Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

7 hours ago

Nice hike with lots of people, I prefer wilder hikes with no handlebars or decks.
It was so crowded that was difficult to find a spot for taking pictures.

This hike was phenomnal! So much beautiful scenery. The hike has quite the incline on the way up. But the views at the top are totally worth it! Make sure to get there EARLY! The parking lot was full by 830am. Besides the parking nightmare, it was perfect. Also, the trail is pretty shaded the whole way which helps!

Absolutely stunning and worth the relatively strenuous hike up (coming from a FL girl). We started this hike around 6:30pm and the temp (in late July) was perfect!! Thanks for the awesomeness Mother Nature!

Beautiful Hike! Get there early (around 6:30a/7a) to beat the crowds. Steep, but totally worth it! Make sure to pack lots of water.

Did this hike with our 10 and 13 year old girls on a stop while biking 14 miles. It was very tough but everyone loved it and there were no complaints. Bring a lot of water. Getting there is very steep and rocky for the majority of the way.

Amazing hike! Best advice I can give is to wear shoes with ankle support. I'm pretty fit, but it's super rocky terrain and rolled my ankle on this trail. I wasn't wearing proper hiking shoes (just good pair of low-top running shoes). I would say this hike is more on the strenuous side just because of the sharp inclines and rockiness of the trail.
As you walk, you'll find little air vents with cool air coming out, take advantage of them!
You'll be tired when you get to the top, but make sure you go to Sprouting Rock! It's really close and beautiful.

What a hike! Totally worth it!

Great for kids! I recommend earlier to get as much shade as possible.

We did breakfast at Daily Bread in town & did this hike on very full stomachs... just about a perfect combo to maximize kids’ energy/minimize whining.

Fun trail, and the lake is breathtaking.

Forget that it’s touristy, it’s not easy. There’s a reason that it’s popular. It’s a beautiful place. The trail is challenging and rocky in many parts. But it’s diverse enough with many shady places to stop and rest along the creek with little waterfalls and birds. The lake and the views on top are wonderful. Have lunch up there. And I got under the waterfalls partially at Sprouting Rock, just 100 feet up. Don’t get fully under, you’ll get clobbered! Loved the hike.

This was an amazing hike. It could be difficult for some people due to the terrain. It was so nice. Make sure to go early. We got there at 5:45 am and was the first to the lake. When we were walking down there was a ton of people walking up.

Awesome hike but heavily trafficked. Go in early spring or late fall! And hike further for a surprise!

Great beginner hike! This was my first and now I’m hooked.

This hike is amazing. The hike up the hill is a bit of a challenge. The trail is mostly shaded and there are plenty of places to stop and take a break, but I wouldn’t recommend the hike to someone with knee or hip problems or who is a novice hiker. The lake is beautiful! You can see the fish swimming in the aquamarine water! The views of the mountains at the top are beautiful too! However, the trail is crowded and I recommend getting there early. The parking lot gets full rather quickly too.

I was really impressed with seeing the end of this trail: the geological wonders of a hanging lake, but I don’t think I’d do this trail again. It is a lot of effort and the lake was a little disappointing for all of that effort. Just a little though!

There are also a lot of tourists who don’t know trail etiquette. With so many people around, it takes a bit away from the peaceful nature of a hike.

I noticed the water wasn't as full this time of the year. However, it was a great hike!

My favorite CO hike. Very rocky and steep inclines so dress appropriately. Will definitely be back.

13 days ago

It is as EVERYONE says! I snagged last parking spot that was a meh-maybe parking spot at 725am yesterday, July 6th. Crowds on trails rival RMNP.

Likes: clear path, good incline gain, nice views, birds, marmots, trout in the lake, butterflies and the murmur of a stream the whole way. I liked that I got it in before the 2019 lottery system starts.

Dislikes: Easily 100 people on the trail. This was at 745-945am!

3.5 stars for me on account of the crowds.

Rather underwhelming, mostly due to overcrowding. Steep, challenging grade -should probably be ranked as "hard".

This trail is definitely not moderate. It should be rated hard as it is a constant incline and super rocky. The view is pretty at the top, but I was hoping for breathtaking after the difficult climb. I would not go alone either as the terrain is a bit challenging at times so if you injure yourself someone will be with you. One and done for me.

The Hanging Lake was gorgeous! We went early morning since the parking lot near the trailhead fills up early (like 7-8am). It was gorgeous to see the dramatic light and shadows on the mountains around us. The lake was stunning once the sunlight started hitting it!

Even though this trail has many hikers, it’s not a big deal. There is enough room for everyone. People are very polite and respectful. It’s worth the spectacular views.

15 days ago

Crowded due to the holiday weekend. Fairly steep incline but relatively short distance.

16 days ago

Solid hike with vertical challenge and great reward at the top! Be sure to head up a little further to see Spouting Rock, and do it before a lottery system starts May 2019.

16 days ago

Let me start by saying that this hike has an absolutely gorgeous payout. The lake at the top is pristine and beautiful. We started the hike at about 5 pm on a Friday and still ran into quite a few groups, although we had no issue finding parking. I would rate this trail on the more difficult side of moderate. This hike is a fairly steep uphill the whole was there but the real kicker is the large rocks that you have to step up onto nearly the entire trail. Our group was made up of fairly experienced hikers and it was still challenging to us (granted we live in UT at a lower elevation). That being said, all of us agreed that we would do the hike again in a heartbeat because it was so worth it! Very rarely are you able to see such unaltered and beautiful scenes in nature anymore. PS take the extra five minutes to hike up to spouting rock! It’s pretty and it would be a waste of all of your hard work not to see it!

It gets a little challenging towards the end, specialty for beginners. Well worth it, keep going for 5 more minutes past the lake for a beautiful waterfall.

17 days ago

Nothing too extreme but it can be strenuous for beginners. The view at the top is so worth it! Once you get to the lake, make sure you go up the trail some more which has a waterfall and is only 5 minutes away.

19 days ago

my updated review: this trail was great! Lots of rocks that act like steps, takes about 2 hours. We got started around 8 and finished at 10. Get started early, lots of people. A leg buster of a hike, but it was so good!! Even for the inexperienced hiker plan for extra breaks to catch your breath!

Absolutely gorgeous! Challenging hike that had a very majestic view on top. Would go it again. Plan early as the parking lot fills up fast.

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