Hanging Lake: Colorado’s Mountain Oasis

If you’re a fan of scenic hikes with big payoffs, Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is the spot for you. After a short but steep trek, emerald green Hanging Lake seemingly defies gravity and juts out from the of side of a towering mountain. Snow runoff cascades into Hanging Lake over natural pillars of travertine rock. Large tree trunks regularly float in Hanging Lake’s pristine waters. If your dream destination is a high elevation lake surrounded by crystal clear waterfalls—add Hanging Lake to your list of must-see places.

Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

Hanging Lake was initially discovered by a wandering gold prospector. The breathtaking waters of Hanging Lake were privately owned until 1910, when the lake officially became part of Glenwood Springs. Since the early days of the 20th century, Hanging Lake has been considered one of the most beautiful places in Colorado. Visitors flock to the shores of Hanging Lake to breathe fresh mountain air, hear the thundering roar of running water, and gaze at the lovely green lake.

Hanging Lake

Photographed by Bernie Duhamel: bernieduhamelphotography.com

Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

Hanging Lake waterfalls

Hanging Lake is relatively small—but plentiful evergreen trees, colorful cliffs, and tumbling waterfalls leave quite an impression. The sauntering gold prospector who first stumbled upon Hanging Lake was surely struck by the sight of a lovely fresh water lake that was untouched by modern civilization. Such a sight can reignite one’s passion for the mystery and magic of the mountains. Like all of the best hikes, Hanging Lake transports the hiker to a timeless location. There is no better way to let go of your worries than to allow yourself to be hypnotized by the rhythm of the multiple waterfalls that surround Hanging Lake. If you can tolerate a steep incline, the sights and sounds of Hanging Lake make for a worthwhile trek. Hanging Lake enthusiasts say that the lake’s beauty is unparalleled.


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