ElevationAscent: 1,037' 316 m
Descent: -1,037' -316 m
High: 7,145' 2,178 m
Low: 6,108' 1,862 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“A true treasure of Glenwood Canyon, Hanging Lake is one of Colorado's most popular trails.”— Tom Robson
If approaching Hanging Lake via I-70 East, there is no eastbound return to I-70. If heading eastbound post hike, you must head west on I-70, then turnaround in Glenwood to head east.
Hanging Lake is very popular; when the parking lot is full, you must exit and return another time. Parking on the entrance or exit ramps of I-70 is prohibited. Please obey all signs and closures; illegally parked vehicles may be towed.
Hanging Lake can also be accessed via the Glenwood Canyon recreation path. Visitors are encouraged to walk or ride their bike from Glenwood Springs or one of the other rest areas in the canyon.
Observe posted rules and regulations; Hanging Lake is a fragile ecosystem. Help preserve the lake by following all posted directions at the parking area, on the trail, and at the lake.
Some parts of the trail are rocky, especially in the beginning and at the end where it has steep stairs carved into the canyon cliff rock. The trail ends on a boardwalk around the lake.
This travertine lake is extremely sensitive, so special regulations apply. Please do not step off the boardwalk. There is a short offshoot from the trail before the boardwalk that leads to Spouting Rock where, for centuries, water has dissolved a passage through the limestone that exits out of a sheer cliff wall as a spectacular waterfall.
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