The Dye Clan
  • Overview
  • TR: Apr 2012

Hanging Lake Hike

A cool waterfall along the hike to Hanging Lake.

Hanging Lake is located along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, CO. The trail is only 1.2 miles each way, but it gains approximately 1000 ft. Hanging Lake is a beautiful, green and blue pond with two large waterfalls feeding it.

Trip Report: April 18, 2012


Hanging Lake at EveryTrail

The trail to Hanging Lake begins at the Hanging Lake Rest Area, which is located in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado along I-70.

Hanging Lake hike

There's a small cave near the parking lot.

Hanging Lake hike

And there are several interpretive signs explaining the history of Glenwood Canyon and the constuction of I-70 through the area.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

"With blue-green water, a picture-perfect waterfall and lots of wildlife, Hanging Lake is a beautiful place to explore. And it's just a one-and-a-half-mile hike from here. The trail is a bit steep, but it's well worth the trip. Experience this oasis for yourself, and keep your eyes peeled for wild critters along the way."

Hanging Lake hike

To get to the Hanging Lake trailhead, you'll have to take the Canyon Trail, which is a paved path that parallels the Colorad River.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

The Hanging Lake trailhead is well marked. You can't miss it.

Hanging Lake hike

From here on out, the hiking is on uneven terrain.

Hanging Lake hike

The trail has several improvements including seven foot bridges

Hanging Lake hike

and several benches for resting.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

After a short while, you'll pass the junction with Dead Horse trail.

Hanging Lake hike

The forest service has placed mile markers every 1/4 mile.

Hanging Lake hike

As you get higher up the canyon, you'll see more and more waterfalls.

Hanging Lake hike

The cliffs on either side of the trail are several hundred feet tall.

Hanging Lake hike

A survey marker.

Hanging Lake hike

More waterfalls.

Hanging Lake hike

The trail is steep; it climbs 1000 ft in 1.2 miles, so there are a lot of switchbacks in places.

Hanging Lake hike

We took Savannah out of the backpack for a while. The idea was to wear her out as much as possible so she'd be happy to sit in the car for several more hours.

Hanging Lake hike

This waterfall along the trail was really pretty. One of the nice things about this trail is that it gets prettier as you go.

Hanging Lake hike

3/4 mile.

Hanging Lake hike

Yet another waterfall.

Hanging Lake hike

Pretty wildflowers.

Hanging Lake hike

We found this cool shack. We can't imagine that anyone lived in it, so we're not sure what it used to be.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

Cool rock overhang.

Hanging Lake hike

The trail passes by the base of these two waterfalls. Bridal Veil Falls and Hanging Lake are a couple hundred feet above these waterfalls.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

The last bridge.

Hanging Lake hike

It's hard to see in this picture, but there is an animal climbing on the rocks. It looked like a beaver but with a bushy tail.

Hanging Lake hike

The last hundred feet of the trail has handrails and is basically carved into the cliff.

Hanging Lake hike

Looking back down the canyon.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

We saw this sign for Spouting Rock, but we didn't realize that it was a trail leading behind Bridal Veil Falls to some more waterfalls. Maybe next time.

Hanging Lake hike

Hanging Lake has a nice boardwalk with benches.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

The water is extremely green.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

If you look closely, you can see several rainbow trout swimming in Hanging Lake.

Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike
Hanging Lake hike

The hike back down was quick and easy. Amazing how gravity works.

Hanging Lake hike