Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

Amazing. I road my bike and around every curve was another picture moment. It was so interesting to see the changes in the flow of the Colorado River. The Canyon walls were majestic, souring, stunning. I hope I get to ride it again.

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.

5 days ago

Had a great time with my fam on this trail.
We always are up at the flat tops and have never done this, not sure why but it is done and what a great view...
gotta work though to get it or at least I had 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.

8 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.

Very nice hike.

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.

Gorgeous views from the top! The trail doesn’t have a finite ending but the views at the top are stunning! There is a steeper more direct path that goes to the same place at the top but this trail is a winding road going up. We saw lots of wildflowers, a bunny, and some chipmunks on the trail.

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!

9 days ago

Hiked a little over 8 miles round trip. Starts on gravel road past the house. Once you get to the big bridge about four miles up I recommend turning back, unless you just want to hike longer. There is no real end to the hike from what I gather going so far and other reviews. We went a ways past the waterfall/bridge and it’s a pretty steep incline. It’s a pretty trail and places to stop along the river. The trail is a little overgrown in areas, but we wore shorts since it was July and were fine. You’re in the shade a lot.

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.

10 days ago

Loved this trail. You can take dogs on leash which we did but there were lots of dogs off leash and that’s a problem for our dogs so if a dog is off leash a runs up to our dogs they can get aggressive. I think it’s great to let them off leash but it’s not always safe! Will do this trail again without our dogs.

10 days ago

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

10 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.

Very nice hike. Would recommend taking the trail as opposed to the road. The trail is pretty steep but enhances the experience! Great views at the top.

11 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.

12 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.

13 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.

14 days ago

Got to the parking lot around 7:15 AM on Thursday 6/28 and the parking lot was about half full and getting more full by the minute, so make sure you go early even if it’s a weekday. The hike was more intense than we expected it to be (since it’s very much a tourist destination) so be prepared to hike up rocky terrain pretty much the entire time. We spent about five hours on the trail (over an hour at Hanging Lake itself) and the hike up was cool and shaded for the most part because we went so early. Hanging Lake is absolutely gorgeous and make sure you take a trip up to Spouting Rock while you’re up there to see a beautiful waterfall (the sign for the trail is right before you get to Hanging Lake). Hike back down is pretty steep at parts so be sure to wear hiking boots with a good grip. On the hike down we were in direct sunlight (around noon), so if you’re doing a later hike keep in mind you’ll be in the sun almost the whole way up. Definitely worth the hike.

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