Hanging Lake is a spectacular hike that is rewarding athletically and visually. In the summer, enjoy a mountainous drive up to Glenwood Springs where Hanging Lake lies within the cliffs of the Glenwood Canyon. Be sure to get there early, as the parking lot fills up quickly. Driving West towards Hanging Lake, you will have to turn around at the Glenwood exit in order to come back to the exit that leads you to the Hanging Lake parking lot. Luckily for you, this allows you to check out the quaint, mountainous town of Glenwood Springs, which you might enjoy coming back to for lunch.
A moderate hike, this one-mile trail trail is accessible to most hiking levels. It is rocky and has one very steep section where you might have to use your hands to help you climb up though, so beware of brining too young of children. Once you do get your exercise in and zig zag across bridges that suspends over the Dead Horse Creek, you will find yourself at a fork in the road. If you go left, you will climb a bit higher and find yourself under a gloriously large and fierce waterfall. Stop to appeal to all your five senses. Listen to the rushing water, feel the sprinkle on your face and smell the mountainous air. Taking a right will lead you to the magnificent Hanging lake. A manicured path will take you to the clear, turquoise, tranquil lake that sits perfectly still before tipping down the mountain into the vigorous waterfall. Take a moment to sit on the benches, take a photo and feel rewarded by your hard work.
Don't miss this spectacular hike in Colorado!
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