Yesterday I hiked a trail I had been wanting to go on for some time now: Hanging Lake. I had heard from multiple people and websites that Hanging Lake is gorgeous. Hanging Lake is a lake near Glenwood Springs. It’s special because the limestone in the water collects at the bottom of the lake, making the lake a beautiful turquoise color. The website I linked to above says the lake is formed by “travertine deposition where the natural geologic and hydro-logic processes continue to operate as they have done throughout the history of the lake”, make of that what you will. The point of it is, this is the only lake like that in Colorado.
From the Denver area, it’s a 3 hour drive but the drive wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I got to see places and sites I had never seen before, and there was no driving on edges of mountains, so overall it was decent.
The hike is only 1.2 miles one way, but it’s all uphill. I went with Gene, a friend from college, and one of her friends. It took us an hour and a half to get up because not all of us are in the best of shape. Thankfully, we weren’t in any rush and the hike up was gorgeous so I enjoyed the views.
The trail is in the middle of canyons so you can just imagine the views we got. These canyons are breathtaking, I had no idea they existed in Colorado. At the top of the hike is Hanging Lake. Waterfalls fall into the lake which in turn drips down the canyon in many other waterfalls and rivers.
Although the drive is a bit long, the trip is worth it. The lake is this gorgeous blue. I mean, it is something I haven’t seen in Colorado before. Because of how the lake is made, you aren’t allowed to put your feet or hands in (or any part of your body for that matter). Of course, that doesn’t stop certain people, but let’s not talk about them.
My pictures of the lake really aren’t doing it justice, which is sad. Of course, it just means you will have to go on the hike yourself and see the beauty that is Colorado.
There are no fees to get to this hike, which is awesome. And, if you get done at a reasonable time, Glenwood Springs is only 10 more miles down the road. We didn’t end up going there, but I’d like to one day. This is the place that has natural hot springs. I’ve heard it’s also a fantastic place to go bike riding. Riding through the canyons we passed would be so much fun, I imagine the person who told me is right. However, the bike paths were closed when we went because of flooding.
I’d definitely like to go back to Hanging Lake again, although I think it would be nice to spend a weekend in Glenwood Springs so I don’t have to do as much driving in one day.
Glad I was able to check one more thing off my list of what I want to do in Colorado!