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Hanging Lake Trail

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 4.9 (7)

A rough and rocky ascent to a pristine travertine lake.


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0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

45%

Runnable

7,142' 2,177 m

High

6,160' 1,878 m

Low

982' 299 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

21%

Avg Grade (12°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This extremely steep and rocky trail will not be an easy run, if you can even push yourself to run it.

Description

This steep, scenic trail travels from the bottom of Glenwood Canyon up through Deadhorse Creek Canyon to Hanging Lake. Switchbacks wind their way up the canyon, accommodating the rise in elevation. Shortcutting these bends promotes erosion, please stay on the trail. In addition to the multiple switches, there are several rest stops along the way.

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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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.9 from 7 votes

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Hanging Lake
Apr 6, 2015 near Glenwoo…, CO
Hanging Lake
Jul 28, 2017 near Glenwoo…, CO
Spouting Rock
Jul 14, 2015 near Glenwoo…, CO
Hanging lake in November, the water is still perfectly clear and the air is crisp.
Mar 28, 2018 near Glenwoo…, CO
It's an easy limbo under the falls above Hanging Lake
Jun 13, 2016 near Glenwoo…, CO
Hanging Lake
Apr 6, 2015 near Glenwoo…, CO

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