Hanging Lake


Trail Stats & Info

RT length 2.4 miles
Elevation gain 1,000 feet
Difficulty moderate to     
Lowest elevation 6,120 feet
Highest elevation 7,202 feet
Trail type out & back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 123
Restrooms @ TH? yes


From I-70, take exit 125 to the Hanging Lake Rest Area. The exit 125 is only accessible from Eastbound I-70. The off-ramp leads right into a parking lot. Trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.



This is a very popular hike as it leads to a beautiful lake tucked away in a mountainside. This lake is very scenic with its teal blue waters and its cascading waterfalls. It is one of the most photographed lakes in Colorado. The trailhead is very accessible as it is right off I-70 at a rest area. It is a pretty short hike, but does gain a lot of elevation. It is totally worth hiking up this trail as you will be rewarded with amazing scenery. In the summer, this hike is very popular, so it can get a bit crowded. I suggest hiking it early in the morning to avoid the crowds, but also because the lake and the surroundings are even more vivid and saturated in color before the sun peeks over the mountainside. I saw a lot of kids at the lake, so this hike should be negotiable for them, just take it nice and slow with a lot of breaks. It is a bit of a drive from Denver for such a short hike, but Glenwood Springs is close by and you might as well take a dip in their pools and make a weekend of it.

Comments or Questions?

About Mar

My name is Mar (short for Maria), and I'm an avid hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, and snowboarder. There's no place I'd rather be than on a mountain! Originally from San Diego, I packed up my few belongings, and moved out to colorful Colorado so I could be immersed in the awesome Rocky Mountains! And I haven't looked back since! Any free time I have, you can find me hiking up a 14er or snowboarding in fresh powder.