Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Hard but short hike up! Totally worth it a

The view was worth the hike!

It was a little longer than a mile, honestly wasn’t worth it. It was beautiful, don’t get me wrong but it’s so small and the fact you can’t swim in it anymore makes it out for a little disappointing. Other than that the trail has 7 bridges you cross before you get to the end, was super rocky and the scenic views were gorgeous.

excellent hike. beautiful

Really awesome hike - short but steep and worth it. Saw a snake around 1 pm today. Definitely got lucky with parking!

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Arrived at the trailhead around 4:45PM on Friday. Easy climb With most traffic coming down as we were going up. Only another 6 people at the lake at the same time. Still pretty, but looking rough. Since I was there in 2013 the lake is not as clean with trash was floating on the surface and foam covering the water up to about 10’ from shore. Disappointed and don’t expect to be back.

Pretty. Parking not an issue before 7am on a Saturday, and a lot less people to contend with. I have to say one of the best things about this is that no dogs are allowed on the trail. So rare to hike a mile without seeing a single poop bag or someone's special exception running around off leash.

Hiking back down around 9 there was a steady flow of people making their way to the top and the rangers were only allowing one car in when another car would leave.

The lake is amazing......such an unexpected "tropical" wonder in the mountains!!! Parking was very tough and the trail was a bit crowded- but well worth it!!!

Great hike! The views were amazing! Totally worth the climb.

hiking
6 days ago

Really beautiful hike. A nice short warm up for an easy 14’er. We finished at 10 am and the park rangers were already blocking off the parking lot. Lots of people and kids for a Friday, We started out around 7:30 a.m., but stopped a few times for pic’s and a snack. Glad we got this one checked off before the restrictions are enforced next year...

We did part of the trail along the Colorado River and it’s a scenic walk. You’ll run into cyclists, joggers, and other walkers along the way. Bring your dog and enjoy the view.

hiking
7 days ago

We did two miles in and two back after finding ourselves with some extra time. Nice hike, not too challenging. In the sun a lot, so starting earlier is better. Views of the ridges above you are very impressive. Otherwise nice but not spectacular. Not crowded.

hiking
7 days ago

The Lake and Spouting Rock (don’t miss this) are some of the most beautiful rewards at the end of any Colorado hike we’ve done. Just beautiful. The hike itself is pretty short, but it is challenging. We started at 8am and it was crowded throughout. Total time was 1:45 with a generous break at the top. Be aware there is a sign that says they are going to reduce access starting in 2019.

I drove from denver but If my friends and family want to see it while in town Im going to do the train trip to enjoy the views. Drivn took 3 hrs with construction traffic while amtrak is 5 hrs, bring a bike rental with you to take a short bike ride to the trail head. Either way you get there, the view is absolutly worth it. This is a tourist trail, busy.

Fantastic hike!!! Never gets old. This is a must if you visit this area. However, there were A LOT of people mid-morning though. It was pretty upsetting to see people cutting the switchbacks, touching the water, and climbing in areas that DISTINCTLY said to not enter. Makes sense why they are going to restrict access next year.

hiking
10 days ago

It was a great hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. It’s fairly moderate and rolling for the first two thirds, then an uphill climb. If you reach what seems like a fork, take the trial that leads away from the river. It’s quiet, somewhat shaded, and so peaceful. Would definitely do again. Trail ends at the bridge.

Challenging hike. Great workout and completely worth the view at the top.

11 days ago

Worth the effort.

Arrived from Tampa Florida at 1100 am in Denver and after getting settled in our hotel in silverthorne we wanted to stretch our legs a little while we acclimated in order to prepare for several days of hiking 14ers.

The drive to the trailhead was quite scenic and did not seem monotonous.

We arrived at the trail around 6pm and it required 45 minutes to get to the top. This trail is essentially accessible to anyone on 2 feet. We saw children as young as 3 and a woman in her early 80's.

The payoff at the top is well worth the hike.
We stayed 15 minutes at the top and required 30 minutes to descend.

Afterward we went to Glenwood Springs for Dinner then hit the Hot Springs to relax. after 9pm it is only $15.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is a well kept secret. the trail itself gets pretty narrow, but on the way up you'll pass several interesting areas, like the water treatment facility and abandon mine cart tracks. The hike itself was fairly leisurely and I enjoyed the views. Looking forward to doing this one again in autumn!

Beautiful, I found this hike more difficult then moderate.

Gorgeous views the entire way! super easy to follow trail, but make sure you wear sturdy shoes and pack lots of water. We started around 3pm on a summer Tuesday and it was still pretty hot and there were a fair number of folks on the trail. I thought the most challenging part was the first 3/4 mile from the trail head as it's super rocky and all uphill. The last bit (with the railing) isn't too bad going up, but tough if you have bad knees and short legs on the descent! We were huffing and puffing, but made it to the top in a smidge under an hour.

Very rocky destination trail. Great ending. Wear good boots.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful and not crowded!!

on Hanging Lake Trail

walking
18 days ago

Awesome hike. Get there EARLY. We arrived at 6:40am and the first parking lot was already full. Finished at 9am-ish and people were backed up waiting for a parking spot for 45 minutes. It was a good workout that’s for sure. Worth it for the views. Make sure to go up to the top and see the nice waterfall!

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It is definitely a heart pumper going up but the trail is relatively easy, shaded and the terminus is breathtaking. The only buzzkill was not getting there early. We had to deal with hikers heading back down who either don't know or didn't care about following trail etiquette; yield to hikers ascending.

heavily trafficked, but beautiful place. highly recommend getting there very early though parking spaces are limited

This was a great hike! We thought it was more of a hard trail instead of moderate. It was really rocky and uphill the whole way but worth it once you get to the top! Make sure to go up to Spouting Rock only like half mile in and out. Today, Saturday we got there at 7:30 am and was already full so we parked on the road and once the park rangers got there told us to leave. So we had to keep circling went to another hike and came back around 1 pm and luckily as we came someone left and we got in. Enjoy!!

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