2023 Update: Guide to Hiking Hanging Lake in Colorado

If you’re looking for a picturesque hiking trail in Colorado, look no further than the hike to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon. With its waterfall backdrop, turquoise-green mountain lake, and high alpine forestry, it’s easy to see why this location is frequented by hikers and those who love exploring Colorado. 

The trail opened up again last summer after being closed due to fires and storm damage, and we’re so excited to share all the details about hiking here! 

How to Get to the Hanging Lake Trail

Hanging Lake is located within the White River National Forest, about 13 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The easiest way to get there is by driving your car. 

Driving Personal Vehicles

Hikers can drive their personal vehicles and park in the Hanging Lake rest area. The permit cost is per person and includes parking. 

Self-Guided Tours

The Hanging Lake Express shuttle was not operational in 2022. Check back later to see if it will be running in 2023. 

Taking the Shuttle

Biking Here

You can access the trailhead from the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path.  Visitors can bike to the hiking trailhead from Glenwood Springs, No Name, or the Bair Ranch rest areas. 

Self-Guided Tours

Reservations are required for everyone visiting Hanging Lake, regardless of how you get to the trailhead (by car, bike, or shuttle). 

How to Make a Reservation

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