World Travel Wednesday: Hanging Lake, Colorado

One of the coolest hikes I’ve ever been on was Hanging Lake/ Spouting Rock in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. The lake is hidden a thousand feet up in the canyon at about 7,000 ft elevation. Gaining over a thousand feet in such a short distance (2.4 miles round trip) is pretty fun but takes a lot longer than you expect for a short hike.


The 1.5 acre lake was formed by a geologic fault which caused the lake bed to drop away from the valley floor above. Water flows into the lake over Bridal Veil Falls. The lake edge has built up from dissolved carbonates which are deposited on the shore as the water flows over. The water is super clear and you can see schools of trout swimming 20 feet down.



  1. Jessica said,

    August 22, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Those are gorgeous pictures!

  2. amyalone said,

    November 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I think I remember hiking to Hanging Lake when I was a kiddo, and lived in Boulder. It was a warm day, but there was still slush on the ground, and it was hard to get up there. Coming back was great fun because we half slid down the trail like it was a giant mud-slide.
    So, so beautiful.

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