Hanging Lake Trail #1850


This steep, 1.2 mile scenic trail experiences 100,000 visitors a year! The 1000 foot climb up this trail travels from the bottom of Glenwood Canyon up through Deadhorse Creek Canyon to Hanging Lake. The travertine lake is extremely sensitive, so special regulations apply, please follow them.

Critical information about this popular and sensitive area:

  • Observe all posted rules and regulations: Hanging Lake is a fragile ecosystem.  Help preserve the lake by following all posted directions at the parking area, on the trail, and at the lake.  Dogs are not permitted on the Hanging Lake Trail.  Swimming in the lake is prohibited.  Please stay on the trail and don’t step off the boardwalk around the lake.
  • Hanging Lake is very popular; when the parking lot is full, the rest area ramp will be closed, and you must exit and return another time.  Parking on the entrance or exit ramps of I-70 is prohibited.  Please obey all signs and closures; illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed. 
  • During the spring through fall Hanging Lake Rest Area parking lot fills up daily. 
  • More information can be found at the following websites: www.visitglenwood.com/hanging-lake and COTRIP site.

View Hanging Lake Trail #1850 Recreation Quicksheet (PDF). This printable guide includes directions, vicinity map, description and other information. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This hiking trail is open year-round, 24 hours per day, with the exception of a few trail work days that will necessitate closure of the trail. See press release at top of this page. Also, the rest area used to access the trail is a CDOT rest area, and they may periodically close it for maintenance. We advise checking CDOT's website at www.cotrip.org to make sure there is no construction going on that may block access to the trailhead.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No dogs allowed. No fishing. No swimming or bodily contact with the water at Hanging Lake. No parking along entrance or exit ramps of I-70.
Closest Towns: Glenwood Springs

General Information

Directions: Travel 22 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Grizzly Creek exit in Glenwood Canyon.After exiting, get back on the highway going eastbound to the Hanging Lake exit.The trail begins 1/4 mile east of the rest area on the left just before the bridge.



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  Area/Length : 
1.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
6387 - 7323