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Hanging Lake Trail

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Address: Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs, CO
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Pretty good hike to the top. We only stopped once on the way but many people were taking breaks so pace yourself. I would say it's close to an intermediate trail. Amazing views at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Eric B
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I (2 adults, 5 children), along with our in-laws (3 adults, 4 children) enjoyed a hike to the Hanging Lakes over the summer (I said we traveled 2/2016, but it was actually 8/2015). It was a hot day, and we had a lot of little ones, but we made it no problem, taking lots of breaks, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty good hike to the top. We only stopped once on the way but many people were taking breaks so pace yourself. I would say it's close to an intermediate trail. Amazing views at the top so bring your camera. Best advice is to get there early like we did. When we came back down people were fighting for parking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hike is amazing. I wasn't sure I wanted to do it with a couple of teenage boys who want to touch everything, I was afraid they would want to touch the water or something dumb... but when you get to the lake it is so beautiful it even made two teen boy respectful of its beauty. It's not a... More 

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Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you aren't an avid hiker, this hike is a bit of a challenge, but I completed it with 70 5th graders, so if they can do it..... Remember to be prepared with water, snacks, and good shoes. The hike isn't very long (2.5 miles I think), but it will take 2-4 hours of your day. I always like hiking... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trail is very busy, like non stop people going both ways kinda busy. So don't come here expecting a quiet nature walk alone. Try to ignore the crowd and appreciate the trail for all its beauty, and when you get to the top and see the lake it will take your breath away. Dont forget to do the extra... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to hanging lake around Christmas time and it was amazing. It's a difficult hike, but the view at the top is worth it. I would recommend bringing the spike for the shoes, cuz when we went back down, it was slippery.

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's beautiful! That's why it's so popular and busy! I recommend visiting at off times....like early in the morning on a week day.....It's s short hike but intense! Bring water, sunscreen a hat and layers.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a great, easy hike but way too overcrowded now and no parking whatsoever. It doesn't matter what day or time of year you go--expect big crowds. Unfortunately, these crowd have damaged the terrain a bit as well. I have seen a lot more litter lately.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hired bikes and we're driven up to the top of the canyon where we cycled all the way down to Glenwood. Hanging lake hike is a lovely trek up the side of the canyon with amazing views and the fab Hanging Lake...

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This isn't an easy hike up due to the rocks and elevation gain. Your hard work is rewarded with the views at the top. It reminds me of the Pacific NW forest. Everything is so lush because of the waterfall and lake. It is worth the hike!

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