From November 1st through April 30th: Purchase a day permit and self-park at the Hanging Lake Rest Area (I70 Exit 125), hike to Hanging Lake from there.
Be prepared to present your permit to an authorized agent or Forest Service Officer upon request.
Cost: $10 / Person
Be prepared for winter trail conditions!
The Hanging Lake trail is a backcountry hike. The trail is steep and rocky. In the winter it is also icy and slippery.
Hanging Lake Trail follows a steep, narrow canyon. Heavy foot traffic quickly compacts fluffy new snow into slippery ice. In the winter, the trail is shaded and retains ice even when other areas have bare ground. The hike continuously climbs 1000 feet (305 m) up from the Colorado River to near the canyon rim.
Winter traction devices
- Use winter traction devices for your boots (ice cleats, micro-spikes, mini- crampons) and hiking poles to hike safely and to protect the soil and vegetation.
- Hikers without mini-crampons and poles risk falling on the slippery trail. Walking on the sides of the trail for better traction damages the soil and vegetation. To protect the area, scrambling off the trail is not permitted.
Rent them in person at Glenwood Adventure Company (723 Cooper Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, (970) 945-7529)
or Purchase them at Summit Canyon Mountaineering (205 6th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, (970) 945-6994)