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Hanging Lake Professional Review and Guide
"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).
Don't let the short distance fool you...this hike is tough but the payoff makes all the effort worthwhile. The lake is incredible; you will not be disappointed. This is the hike I take all of our visitors on so they can understand why I live here.
Good climb to get to the lake. Very beautiful area at the top. Also, very visited. Although it's a sensitive area with a very unique and fragile ecosystem, Hanging Lake gets a lot of visits from people which leads to some litter and people not adhering to the rules of the trail, namely no swimming in the lake.
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