While visiting Colorado last year I decided to visit Hanging Lake.
I am from the UK, I normally operate at sea level. The Hanging Lake trail STARTS at 6000ft and rises sharply over 1.2miles up to over 7000ft. It is also very rocky. So while it is short it is quite challenging for those of us who are not seasoned hikers, and as it was a very high altitude for me it was especially challenging! I had to stop and sit down around every ten minutes to catch my breath, while hoards of people of all ages marched past.
As others have said, it is very busy. I was quite lucky and managed to get parked quite quickly as I spotted someone else leaving but the car park was otherwise completely full.
Hanging Lake itself is rather smaller than I had been expecting, but it is very pretty.
A little further up is Spouting Rock, another bigger waterfall that you can walk behind.
The walk back down was much less strenuous and I was able to enjoy the stunning views of Glenwood Canyon.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area, but don't underestimate the hike to get there, sturdy footwear is a must and bring plenty of water!
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