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Hanging Lake

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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It's not an easy hike, but worth it.

This is about a 1-1/4 mile hike straight up. It's not for the faint-of-heart. It is a little... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2015
Joelle B

Gorgeous views, steep hike and can be very hard if there is snow on the ground. We have done it in... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Located in Glenwood Canyon.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is about a 1-1/4 mile hike straight up. It's not for the faint-of-heart. It is a little difficult and crowded. If you do make it to the top, you will be glad you hung in.

Thank Joelle B
Reviewed October 12, 2015

Gorgeous views, steep hike and can be very hard if there is snow on the ground. We have done it in March and it was fine, just don't hike in flip flops.

Thank marmishka
Reviewed October 11, 2015

I'm not in horrible shape and I found this hike difficult. 1.2 miles each way with about 1000 feet elevation gain, lots of rocks to navigate with very steep "stairs" toward the end. However, it is absolutely worth it! Hanging Lake is simply spectacular! Hubby's...More

Thank marybeth523
Reviewed October 9, 2015

Nice hike, a bit strenuous for older folks but kids will have a blast. Lake and falls at the top are well worth the hike.

Thank exptraveller2014
Reviewed October 8, 2015

Amazing, nearly tropical looking lake at the end of a tough hike. Take your lunch or a snack and plenty of water.

Thank JaneRitt
Reviewed October 7, 2015

Not much changes at Hanging Lake, but the views are worth the hike every time. If you are not in good shape, this steep hike will present challenges, but people of all ages and sizes have done all or part of the trail, you can...More

Thank timo2btimo
Reviewed October 6, 2015

This hike was steep and difficult, but we took our time and stopped along the way to enjoy the gorgeous view. After reading the reviews, I did expect it to be more difficult than it was. We are both in our 60's and from a...More

Thank travlingal51
Reviewed October 2, 2015

Awesome experience...you gotta go here! 1.2 miles up and it is a challenging walk/climb. We are 60ish and took our time. The view was gorgeous and worth the effort. We also went a bit further above the lake to see the falls......also gorgeous. Get there...More

Thank 175gailg
Reviewed September 30, 2015

A diamond in the rough! A beautiful oasis at the top of a mountain. Definitely worth the hike. The waterfalls are also a sight to see.

Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

It really is amazing how clear the water is and how pristine this spot is with how many people visit each year. It really is a diamond in the rough.

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Melody M
August 16, 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
July 3, 2017|
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Response from Danno820 | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need a guide. Just follow the trail.
Rahul S
September 22, 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