I’ve seen plenty of remarkable sights on my Colorado training trip in preparation for off-road triathlon racing in altitude. However, serious run and bike training isn’t conducive to the unhurried, contemplative mindset needed to fully appreciate such natural beauty. So, with my workouts completed this past weekend, I headed out with my roommate to Glenwood Canyon to hike from the Colorado River up Dead Horse Creek to Hanging Lake.
The Hanging Lake trail head is a short walk from the parking lot along the stunning Colorado River and sheer Glenwood Canyon rock faces. The hike is about 2.4 miles round-trip, and gains over 1,200 ft in the 1.2 mile ascent. The trail is rocky and narrow, and from experience, is quite slippery when wet.
Relatively short with unbeatable views and a comparatively mild maximum elevation just above 7,000 ft, it’s easy to see why Hanging Lake ranks as one of the top hikes in the state.