Upon arriving in Glenwood Springs from Aspen we were shocked at the traffic heading towards the Hanging Lake Trail. Seeing many signs along the way with their bright flashing lights screaming “EXIT FOR HANGING LAKE CLOSED” and “NO PARKING AVAILABLE TURN AROUND” was definitely discouraging when we had planned to spend only a day in Glenwood Springs hiking.
We decided to try visiting anyways and were prompted to turn around. We typically try to visit such attractions in early mornings, late evenings, or off-season if possible. On this day, none of those options worked with our schedule so we were determined to find a way to make our plans work.
We headed back a few exits to a walking path we saw called Grizzly Creek that followed along the Colorado River and ventured right up to the Hanging Lake trailhead, a popular Glenwood Springs hiking trail. FYI: Going this way does add 4 miles to your trek to the top of Hanging Lake but if you want to see the beauty here, it’ll be worth the extra miles!
By the time you reach the top of Hanging Lake Trail you’ll probably be exhausted! But boy is the view incredibly worth it and you’ll see why this is the top Glenwood Springs hiking trail.
Many people think that Hanging Lake looks similar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. What do you think?
-Arrange your schedule so you are able to park at the Hanging Lake trailhead early in the morning.
-Bring a picnic: It truly is nice to relax once you have hiked a long way. This day we only brought water and some Clif bars which we devoured on the trail. This left us starving during our walk back on Grizzly Creek path. Had we realized how much more walking we were going to be doing we would have brought snacks.
-You can park at the Grizzly Creek path but be prepared to walk eight extra miles that day! The path itself isn’t challenging by any means but after hiking for multiple days you may feel more exhausted.
-You can also check out the Government Guide to Hanging Lake Trail for more details!
After this Glenwood Springs hiking trail, you’ll probably be ready for a nice lunch so head to the quaint downtown area of Glenwood Springs and gorge yourself at Glenwood Canyon Brewery. Grab a few of their craft beers (some of the best we had in Colorado) and accompany the brews with some terrific food too!
Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm Menu
After walking and hiking for many miles get ready to unwind and spent the evening at the Glenwood Springs Hot Spring Pool. Which is also apparently the world’s largest hot spring. While we believe this is a “tourist trap” it was nice to soak our aching muscles in the 105°F water of this steamy hot spring.
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What do you look forward to most on your visit to Glenwood Springs?