Hanging Lake Trail Hiking Reservations Now Reopened

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Reservations are now open for Colorado’s iconic Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Springs. The trail reopens to the public on May 1. Hiker permits cost $12 and can be reserved at: https://visitglenwood.com/hanginglake/

Permits are required to hike or bike the area. The hike to Hanging Lake is a moderate to difficult hike up into a narrow drainage for 1.2 miles with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. It is important that hikers are prepared for elevation, strenuous climbs, and rocky conditions. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and appropriate footwear and clothing.

Hanging Lake was spared by the Grizzly Creek Fire this past summer, but area above the lake was burned, and the trail and highway rest stop have been closed since the fire first began.

Dogs are not permitted on the trail.

Hanging Lake was formed by a geological fault which caused the lake bed to drop away from the valley floor above. Over the years, water flowing over Bridal Veil Falls has deposited dissolved carbonates to build up the fragile lake edge. Because of its uniqueness, the area was designated a National Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011.

Over the years the popularity of the area has increased leading to vegetation and trail damage and overcrowding. A management plan was put in place in 2018 to protect this natural wonder into the future. A percentage of the fees collected for reservations will be reinvested into the long-term stewardship and sustainability of Hanging Lake. The implementation of the permit system, environmental education and interpretation program will help visitors play an active role in protecting the ecological health of Hanging Lake, improve the visitor experience and support the local tourism economy.

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