Description: Heavily used, steep hike ascends 1.2 miles to scenic travartine lake. The trail travels from the bottom of Glenwood Canyon up through Deadhorse Creek Canyon to Hanging Lake. NO DOGS are allowed on Hanging Lake Trail, NO FISHING and NO SWIMMING in Hanging Lake.
The trail begins in oak brush, Piñon pine and juniper, then enters a Douglas fir forest with serviceberry and cottonwoods. The trail is well-maintained with many switchbacks to accommodate the rise in elevation. Please stay on trail; cutting the switchbacks causes severe trail erosion. There are several rest stops along the way. Some parts of the trail are rocky, especially in the beginning and at the end where the trail has steep stairs carved into the canyon cliff rock. The trail ends on a boardwalk around the lake. It is important not to walk off this boardwalk, because the fragile shoreline breaks easily, allowing more of the lake's water to flow away. There is a short offshoot from the trail, just before the boardwalk, which leads to Spouting Rock.
Directions: From Glenwood Springs, drive 9.5 miles east on I-70 to Hanging Lake exit (there is no westbound exit). There is a large rest area with toilets, drinking water, info and parking. The trail begins .25 mile east of the rest area, on the left.