Hanging Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Garfield County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 6,120 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,294 feet. The Auto, Truck/Camper/Bus, and Auto parkings are near the trailhead. The Auto, and Hanging Lake Trail parkings can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail.
Hanging Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A must-see in the Glenwood Canyon area, turquoise-colored Hanging Lake nestles in a bowl amid limestone and sandstone cliffs. The trail is an extremely popular and steep climb up a narrow canyon, winding through thick vegetation and trees, passing miniwaterfalls and cascades. The final section takes you up big rock steps complete with metal handrails. A boardwalk on the south end of the lake helps to protect the fragile environment. Across the lake aptly named Bridal Veil Falls tumble down a cliff. Be sure to take a side trip to Spouting Rock, where water spouts from the side of the cliff."
--Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides).
"It is little wonder that Hanging Lake, unforgettably beautiful and located just off I-70, is one of Colorado’s most popular hiking destinations. The trail climbs 1000 feet along a geologic fault line to reach the turquoise lake and waterfalls. Frequent rest stops (benches are provided) to examine the changing terrain make the hike less strenuous. The fragile environment here, coupled with its heavy use, means hikers should take extra care to leave no trace."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"True to its name, Hanging Lake is tucked away on a high ledge in a narrow canyon. Scenic, to say the least, this precious jewel of a lake offers a just reward for all who hike the steep but short trail up."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"By early winter, fragile icicle formations begin to form on the steep limestone walls that encircle this lovely and unusual lake. Here is a popular hike to a very scenic and unusual lake. The hike is short, but not without some steep parts. Due to its low elevation, Hanging Lake makes an especially attractive late or early season hike. There are several benches along the trail and picnic tables at the trailhead. Dogs are not allowed on the trail. The effort is well worth it, to visit this lovely gem. Hanging Lake lies trapped between limestone walls, the result of a geologic fault. Shady cottonwoods arch over the scene and trout glide through the lake’s emerald waters. Visitors are required to stay on the boardwalk to protect the fragile shoreline. By early winter (Week 48), fragile icicles begin to form, as the cascades that feed the lake begin to freeze over."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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