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“Love This Hike!”
Review of Hanging Lake Trail

Hanging Lake Trail
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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Love This Hike!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is such a great hike. You follow he stream, its beautiful and shady and you end up at a magical lake on top of a mountain. It has been years since I did this trail and it has apparently become VERY popular. We got there around noon on a Friday. Parking lot was completely full. We had to stalk people who were leaving and beat out others to get a parking spot. The trail was a bit crowded in areas and definitely pretty packed at the top. People seemed to have a hard time obeying the forest service signs - things like "NO DOGS" or "THIS AREA IS CLOSED". We saw two different dogs on the trail - and near the top by the water spout from the rock - people were trapsing over areas that were closed for restoration and playing in the water etc. Just touching the water can cause damage to the fragile ecosystem of this wonderful lake. Please obey the signs! NOW - off my soap box and back to the hike. This trail is about 2.5 miles round trip. It is quite a climb with an elevation change of 1050ft. This is a bit of a difficult hike. We are avid hikers and had no problems. It does get very steep toward the top before you get to the lake, so take your time and make sure to let people going down pass by. Down is much easier then up :) Use the handrails! This hike does require good shoes as there are lots of rocks. FLIP FLOPS are a no go! Careful when it rains - it does make the rocks very slippery. Make sure to bring your camera - the view up top are amazing! Enjoy!

Visited July 2014
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“Worth the challenge”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is a relatively short, energetic hike up to the Hanging Lake. You should wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and be prepared to be in awe when you get to the lake! The view is spectacular!

Visited August 2013
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Windsor, Connecticut
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9 attraction reviews
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“hanging lake”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

parking was tough- must get there early and the hike is not easy but well worth it. Also has a trail along the Colorado if you are not up to climbing.

Visited July 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
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“Killer hike, but worth it!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

The trail is steep and rocky. So what? The lake at the end is so beautiful that I forgot my aching feet, and I just wanted to stay there forever.

Visited July 2014
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Arvada, Colorado
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“Great workout with a beautiful ending.”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Distance is about a mile but the uphill climb and downhill descend makes it seem longer. Liked:hiking along a cool creek , often in shade when the temperature rises . Disliked: lots of hikers, some lack respect for others.
Must go up to Spouting Rock before heading down, well worth it.

Visited July 2014
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