Hanging Lake: The Best Times To Hike

Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs, Colorado is one of the state’s most stunning hikes. It’s also uber-popular. Circumvent the crowds the next time you go with these simple tips. 

About Hanging Lake Trail.
Located in Glenwood Canyon, the trail is steep and rocky in spots. Just over a mile long, the trail ends on a boardwalk that partially surrounds the lake. The fragile ecosystem requires special care by visitors. Remember: no dogs, no fishing and no swimming. 

Parking at Hanging Lake.
 When the parking lot is full, it’s best to return another time. Instead try other nearby hikes like the Grizzly Creek Trail or the Doc Holliday Trail in Glenwood Springs. 

Go during off season.
To avoid crowds consider hiking during the late fall,  winter or early spring. Depending on conditions you might need hiking poles, snow-shoes or at the very least footwear with traction. Check out this video about hiking Hanging Lake in the winter

Get up early.
The Hanging Lake parking lot is usually full by 10 a.m. during the summer months. Hitting the trail before most people hit the breakfast buffet is a sure bet you’ll get a parking spot and maybe even some solitude. 

Go on a weekday.
 If possible avoid hiking Hanging Lake during the weekend peak times, especially between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Instead, opt for the lower volume days of Monday through Thursday.  

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Lisa Langer, Vice President of Tourism Marketing
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
Vicky Nash, Media Relations Representative
Resort Trends, Inc.