Hanging Lake Trail is one of the most beautiful and popular hiking destinations in all of Colorado State. Located just off of Interstate 70 this 2.4 mile trail provides year around hiking with minimal elevation. The trail climbs approximately 1,000 feet along a fault line that reaches a turquoise lake with beautiful cascading waterfalls. The climb is made less strenuous with the number of rest stops, benches, and seating areas positioned along the path. The trailhead is located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
The environment along the trail is fragile and careful use should be acknowledged. There is heavy traffic along the trail due to its popularity and the White River National Forest rangers request that visitors respect the terrain. The elevation gain is minimal and begins at 6,110 feet with a top elevation of 7,160 feet.
The trail has a minimal to moderate skill level requirement due in part because of the initial climb. The trail could be strenuous and challenging for children or those who are not in the best of shape. Careful rests should be applied if falling into that category. A reward is waiting for the hikers at the top of the climb with the beauty of the lake and waterfalls.