We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hanging Lake Trail

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs, CO
Website
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,167 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 967
    Excellent
  • 161
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Worth It

This steep trail is worth the hard work. The lake at the top is spectacular. We came here on our honeymoon and we will never forget it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Katie B
,
Norfolk, Nebraska
Add Photo Write a Review

1,167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Norfolk, Nebraska
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This steep trail is worth the hard work. The lake at the top is spectacular. We came here on our honeymoon and we will never forget it!

Helpful?
Thank Katie B
Lissewege, Belgium
Level Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did this hike in september 2013, but we still talk about how beautiful it was and how happy we were we did this. It's a steep climb, but if you're a bit used to hiking, you shouldn't have any problems. It's absolutely worth it!

Helpful?
Thank JuVK
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most steepest hike I have ever taken but well worth it. Be sure to bring a hiking pole with you it would be helpful. The view is stunning once you reach the top and worth it. The only thing I did not like was the idiots crossing out the middle of lake to take pictures... More 

Helpful?
Thank cowboys2840
Rifle, Colorado
Level Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Am always amazed at the beauty of this hike . It's not a real difficult hike , about an hour up in the winter and another 45 minutes to an hour down . But come prepared with proper boots , poles etc . We used yak traks and poles and happy we did ! Very beautiful and worth the hike... More 

Helpful?
Thank christine6369
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trail is extremely popular in the summer, but less traveled in the winter. It's a steep and difficult climb in the winter - make sure to use snowshoes or YakTrax for grip on the steep, sometimes icy incline -- but it is SO worth it! The vision of an upside-down forest of crystal blue icicles beneath the water cascade... More 

Helpful?
Thank Patricia B
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whew! Hiked Hanging lake when younger, not so hard then! A lot of stops to rest- grandkids asking "ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE IT GRAMMA?" I did, it is a great trail with benches. Last part is stairs, steep and a lot. View is amazing! Too much fun to go behind waterfall and get wet with kids. Another further up,... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Kmermaid
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely trail that follows Dead Horse Creek for most of its 1 mile length. It's fairly steep but only a mile so can be done with elementary-aged children. There is a short area near the top of the trail that is somewhat exposed so you'd want to hang on to the young ones at that point. Take... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank TnBsMom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, I give it a low rating because I never actually got there. If you don't go super early in the morning it fills up and you cannot go. We drove three hours and got there by 9am... Lot full! I have family that have been there and sometimes couldn't get in as well. They say its beautiful but apparently... More 

Helpful?
Thank Liz M
Park City, Utah
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went in May which was quieter than the summer months, and still to busy for me. There's a reason I like smaller mountain towns and it's the lack of herds of people. Though it's a great hike physically, not worth the traffic and you can see pics online.

Helpful?
Thank TxCoUt
Cameron, Missouri
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only made it half way up. Wife was waiting in car for me and I told her I would be back in about a hour and half. Realized about half way up that It was going to take me at least that much time to get up there so I turned around so she wouldn't get worried. Very neat trail... More 

Helpful?
Thank charles m

Travelers who viewed Hanging Lake Trail also viewed

 
Glenwood Springs, CO
 

Been to Hanging Lake Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hanging Lake Trail and other visitors
23 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (23)

Questions? Get answers from Hanging Lake Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?