Glenwood Springs, CO
By early winter, fragile icicle formations begin to form on the steep limestone walls that encircle this lovely and unusual lake. Here is a popular hike to a very scenic and unusual lake. The hike is short, but not without some steep parts. Due to its low elevation, Hanging Lake makes an especially attractive late or early season hike. There are several benches along the trail and picnic tables at the trailhead. Dogs are not allowed on the trail. The effort is well worth it, to visit this lovely gem. Hanging Lake lies trapped between limestone walls, the result of a geologic fault. Shady cottonwoods arch over the scene and trout glide through the lake’s emerald waters. Visitors are required to stay on the boardwalk to protect the fragile shoreline. By early winter (Week 48), fragile icicles begin to form, as the cascades that feed the lake begin to freeze over.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Glenwood Springs|
|Elevation Gain||1,070 ft|
|Duration||38 minutes up, 26 minutes down|
|Season||Late March through early December|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,120 ft|
|Top Elevation||7,170 ft|
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