As a Colorado native, the love of hiking is in my blood. One of my all-time favorite hikes is Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs. It takes about three hours to get there from Boulder County, but the drive is worth it as the Hanging Lake Trail is enchanting and the end destination is breathtaking.
The hike begins in the entrance of an open canyon. Be prepared for a killer thigh workout, once you veer off the original path, the remainder of the hike is all uphill. Not to fear, the upward grade is gradual, and the path is shaded much of the time. If you bring enough water, sunscreen, and snacks you should be okay. The All Trails app rates this hike as moderate.
Unfortunately, Hanging Lake has been over visited and concerns for the preservation of the ecosystem have arisen. In effort to preserve this beautiful landmark, the allowed number of daily visitors has become regulated. For one to hike Hanging Lake, a permit is required. You may find all pertinent permit information here. https://visitglenwood.com/hanginglake/
During your visit, plan enough time to connect with beauty, treat the trails and surrounding area with care, and bring your phone fully charged so you can take many pictures! If you'd like to share those photos with someone who will appreciate them, feel free to share them on our Facebook page and tell us about your experience: https://www.facebook.com/frontrangeinsurancesolutions It's my opinion that Hanging Lake should be on every Coloradan’s bucket-list!
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