Hanging Lake Hike – Glenwood Canyon Colorado

Turquoise lake fed by a several waterfalls, surrounded by tall pines and flanked by several hundred foot rock walls

Hanging Lake is a rare sight to behold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Mountain stream flowing down a rocky stream bed, flanked by 30ft tall pines dripped in sunlight

The tranquil murmuring of the mountain stream adds to the visual feast

Contrasted against the shadow from the canyon walls, the sunlight lights up Dead Horse Creek

Contrasted against the shadow from the canyon walls, the sun lights up Dead Horse Creek

This breathtaking fall runs into Dead Horse Creek about halfway up the hike to Hanging Lake

This breathtaking waterfall runs into Dead Horse Creek about halfway up the hike to Hanging Lake

Pine and aspen in the foreground of a caramel tan and red 600+ foot sheer rock canyon wall

The towering canyon walls dwarf 50 ft pines

Another view of the natural skyscrapers, the pines atop the cliffs barely register from the trail

Another view of the natural skyscrapers, the pines atop the cliffs barely register from the trail

Just before reaching the lake, you get a breathtaking vantage of the canyon

Just before reaching the lake, you get a breathtaking view of the canyon

It's easy to see why Hanging Lake is one of the most popular hikes in Colorado

It’s easy to see why Hanging Lake is one of the most popular hikes in Colorado

A vantage of the lake from the shade of a pine

A view of the lake from the shade of a pine

Columbine, the state flower lines the lake

Columbine, the state flower, lines the lake

Another vantage point of the lake and canyon walls

Serenity pretty much sums up my feeling here

These magnificent waterfalls are just a quarter mile hike above Hanging Lake

These magnificent waterfalls are just a quarter mile hike above Hanging Lake

The view from within the cave behind the falls

The view from within the cave behind the falls

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.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Hanging Lake Hike – Glenwood Canyon Colorado

  1. Oshri says:

    Beautiful, soak it up, my friend.

  2. lexi says:

    Glad you were able to visit one of my favorite places in CO. It truly is worth the detour from I-70.

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