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Hanging Lake

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
+1 303-990-1813
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Wow! Such a beautiful hike and an even more rewarding view. The hike can be a little strenuous but... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
via mobile
Beautiful lake in the mountains

This lake is accessible by a moderately difficult trail and is totally worth the climb. There is no... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Maria R
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Located in Glenwood Canyon.
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Wow! Such a beautiful hike and an even more rewarding view. The hike can be a little strenuous but it isn’t incredibly long so just be prepared if you aren’t the most athletic. Once you get to the top, it is well worth it. The...More

Thank ThebestofKendell
Reviewed 13 November 2017

This lake is accessible by a moderately difficult trail and is totally worth the climb. There is no bathroom available at the top (understandably) but the rest stop at the beginning of the trail does have restroom facilities. The lake itself is beautiful and peaceful,...More

Thank Maria R
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

It was slow going but we made it to the lake. Take your time. It is not for the faint of heart. It takes an honest effort to make the hike

Thank jechilt
Reviewed 18 October 2017

You have to be in good shape to take this hike but if you arent, you can still do it but I would just allow more time so you can go at your own pace. Also go in the morning or late morning. The latest...More

Thank Yesenia A
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This was a great hike for a couple! Do note it is not a easy hike by any standards but is definitely worth it. Plan on Parking to be a pain but it sounds like they are addressing this by shuttling people in sometime in...More

Thank lang2281
Reviewed 28 September 2017

I can see why this hike is so popular. it ranks right up there with the best hikes I have ever done. The reward at the end is well worth the hike. However, I would rate this hike as difficult for seniors.

Thank Leonard L
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This was a fantastic hike. Short but steep. 1,096 ft. elevation gain in just over a mile. Met very many friendly people on the trail. The trail was free from any litter of any kind which was pretty amazing considering the numbers of hikers there...More

Thank Sleaze
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This is THE easy-moderate hike in the Glenwood Springs area. The lake is amazing. The problem is people, oh so many people, so of course parking can also be a huge problem. A new management plan is in the works which will limit the people...More

Thank onbelay66
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The best time to visit and hike to Hanging Lake is very early in the morning on a sunny clear day. Get to the parking lot at the crack of dawn or you may be waiting for a parking space. Parking is limited. Avoid the...More

1  Thank artsub
Reviewed 2 September 2017

All the exits to get to Hanging Lake were blocked by the highway dept. We drove around till we found the sign for the visitor center for Hanging Lake. A very nice stop. Clean bathrooms. Short easy walk for this very nonathletic person. Paved trail...More

Thank Penelope737
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Melody M
17 August 2017|
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Response from William G | Reviewed this property |
There is one point near the top that has some steep areas that might be intense if you are afraid of heights as I am, that being said if you go with someone that isn't afraid they could talk you through it. It's really neat... More
Nora S
3 July 2017|
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Response from Danno820 | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need a guide. Just follow the trail.
Rahul S
23 September 2016|
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Response from ColoradoVista | Reviewed this property |
you climb a thousand ft in 1 mile it's steep it rocky its slick at times and the last pitch even with a backpacked kid would be challenging to most unless you are a seasoned hiker with a kid in a pack...now the canyon trail... More