Hanging Lake is a must do hike if you are visiting Glenwood Springs, CO. Aspen, Vail or any of the other surrounding areas. It was designated a National Natural Landmark because of it’s amazing beauty and the unique geologic aspects of the destination.
The hike starts at the trail head which can be reached from the Hanging Lake Parking lot right off I70 on the Rest Area for hanging lake just east of Glenwood Springs a few miles. Make sure to start your hike early or you will either be turned away by the park rangers or end up waiting in line for a space to open up. Signs over I70 indicate if the trail head is open or not.
Hanging Lake Hiking Description
If you are hiking on the weekend during peak season we suggest you arrive before 8:30 AM to ensure you get a parking spot. The peak season for this hike is during the North American summer months, June-September. This trail can get very busy because of it’s popularity but be patient! It’s well worth the hike. Also be sure to visit spouting rock which can be reached by a short path around the lake.
|Trail Head Name||Hanging Lake|
|Length||2.8 mi or 4.5 km|
|Type||Out and Back|
|Elevation Gain||1000 ft or 304.8 m|
|Estimated Time||2-3 hours|