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Bazillions of people zoom by this spot as they pass through Glenwood Canyon on Interstate 70 across the Colorado Mountains and most never think about stopping here. Those who find a couple of hours to spare in their journey and have the energy to take a steep, but short hike up Dead Horse Creek, are rewarded with one of those surprisingly scenic gems that hide in the forest-Hanging Lake.
It’s only a little over a mile to this small, crystal clear emerald lake fed by a restful waterfall. It’s a tough mile, though, starting off with rock stairs, climbing relentlessly, crossing across the creek and requiring a rock scramble close to the top. However, every time you feel yourself about to turn back, just ask someone coming down the trail if it was worth it. The answer is always a resounding yes.
- Because of the narrowness of the canyon in this spot, you must enter coming from the west. For those coming from the east, the turnaround is at Grizzly Creek.
- If you have any leg power left after reaching the lake, take the very short add-on hike to spouting rock.
- Take your camera, plenty of water and a snack with you.
- The snow is slow to melt in this deep canyon.
- Dogs are not allowed.