Hiking Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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!

Glenwood Springs hiking - Hanging Lake Trail

Although we didn’t plan to walk along the Colorado River through Grizzly Creek Path we enjoyed the views along the way!

Glenwood Springs hiking - Hanging Lake Trail

Grizzly Creek Path

Glenwood Springs hiking - Hanging Lake Trail

The crossover to the Hanging Lake Trail from Grizzly Creek Path

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.

Glenwood Springs hiking - Hanging Lake Trail

Glenwood Springs hiking - Hanging Lake Trail

The vivid colors of Hanging Lake almost seemed unreal.

Glenwood Springs hiking - Hanging Lake Trail

Many people think that Hanging Lake looks similar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. What do you think?

Travel Tips:
-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

Glenwood Canyon Brewery - Glenwood Springs hiking

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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Glenwood Springs hiking - Glenwood Hot Spring

What do you look forward to most on your visit to Glenwood Springs?




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  • Marcie
    September 5, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Wow! Your photos are simply stunning and definitely makes me want to explore Colorado!

    • kallsypage
      September 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM

      Thank you so much Marcie! We appreciate the compliments. You must explore Colorado at some point. It’s one of the most beautiful U.S. States (at least we think so)!

  • ferncoll
    September 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    So glad you didn’t get discouraged by the sign! Glenwood springs looks amazing!! You have some really beautiful photos, and I bet even better memories 🙂

    • kallsypage
      September 6, 2016 at 8:35 PM

      I know! We were glad we didn’t turn around either. Sometimes you just have to keep pushing forward and see what happens. Thank you for the compliments! We hope you continue to travel with us!

  • Rachel G
    September 5, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    What an amazing place for a hike! Gorgeous! The nachos look pretty yummy, too! 🙂

    • kallsypage
      September 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM

      Thank you Rachel! It was one of the more memorable hikes during our time in Colorado for the natural beauty! 🙂

  • Nigel Kane
    September 6, 2016 at 2:07 AM

    Enjoyed finding out more about Glenwood Springs. It was somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit but just never had time to fit it in to our schedule. Like you we always bring a picnic with us on our hikes and hope the bears don’t get it before we do!

    • kallsypage
      September 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM

      It was well worth the day trip! If anything visit Hanging Lake Trail. It can easily be done within a few hours and is breathtaking! 🙂

  • Lianna
    September 6, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Beautiful pictures, I love seeing posts about the US since I live there and it’s much easier to travel in the states! The food looks delicious too.

    • kallsypage
      September 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM


      Glad you enjoy them! Let us know if you are able to visit any of these places sometime. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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    October 26, 2016 at 5:20 AM

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    • kallsypage
      October 26, 2016 at 9:13 PM

      Hi mohitarts! Thank you so much for the honor. However we have already been nominated by another blog! 🙂 Again, we appreciate that you thought of us.

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  • Seth
    December 29, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Seems like a beautiful place to spend a day!

  • stylishtravlr
    March 7, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    Colorado is such a wonderful state! I was driving through it when I was on my road trip in America, unfortunately it was at night and I couldn’t see much, plus we didnt make any stops. I hope I will get to go back there one day! I know Hot Spring Pool might be overrated but it seems like the best place to be after 15 min hike! Also the food looks fantastic! Its that nachos full covered in cheese on the right side? 😀 yum!

  • Leiha
    March 9, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Your photos make me want to visit and I would totally do the hot springs. Thanks for a wonderful write up. Another place to add to my ever growing list.

  • Sierra
    July 6, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Y’all are making me actually want to go hiking (a rare feat!) Hanging Lake looks absolutely incredible. Like something out of a Disney movie! I love that you included post-hike spots to eat too, always vital!