Hanging Lake, in Glenwood Canyon, is a beautiful travertine lake formed high up in Deadhorse Canyon. The lake was formed when an acre and a half of the valley floor sheared off from a fault and dropped to what is now the shallow bed of the lake. This travertine lake is extremely sensitive, so please respect the special regulations to preserve the lake.
The beautiful turquoise colors of the lake are produced by carbonate minerals that have dissolved in the water. The fragile shoreline of the lake is composed of travertine, created when dissolved limestone is deposited on rocks, logs, and shoreline. Hanging Lake was designated a National Natural Landmark in 2011.
Trailhead: Hanging Lake
Round trip: 2.2 miles / 3.5 km
Elevation: 6,120′ – 7,290′ (+1,170′)/ 1,865m – 2,222m (+357m)
The trail is a steep and rocky scenic trail that climbs from the bottom of Glenwood Canyon, up through Deadhorse Creek Canyon, to Hanging Lake.
The Spouting Rock trail at Hanging Lake will take you to a towering limestone wall and the source of Hanging Lake.
Access to the trailhead is by reservation only. A shuttle will pick you up at the Rec. Center in Glenwood Springs and drop you off at the trailhead. https://www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake/
The GPS had trouble locking in on a signal in the dense forest and deep canyon, making the track look erratic.