Hiking to the stunning Hanging Lake, just off of highway 70, east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. If your traveling to Denver via Highway 70, be sure to spend a couple of hours hiking to Hanging Lake as it is well worth the experience. The trail ascends steeply at certain areas, crossing a stream that runs the trails entire length. The hike took about 45 minutes, requiring a few stops to catch our breath (high altitude). This was one of the best hikes I have ever been on, and at the end of the video you can see why. Enjoy!
Filmed and edited by Sheety33.
Hanging Lake is a lake in the U.S. State of Colorado. It is located in Glenwood Canyon, about 7 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and is a very popular tourist destination. The lake is reached via a trailhead located near I-70 in the bottom of the canyon. The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River and ascends some 1,000 feet.
Early tales of the discovery of the lake tells of a man searching for gold in the canyon. The man found a dead horse at the opening of a gulch (the possible origin of Dead Horse Gulch). When he followed the gulch up through the steep hillside through the canyon he came around the backside of the lake. This is how he first saw the small bowl-like basin hanging onto the cliffs below.
In the years following the area served as a homestead, and a private family retreat until it was purchased by Glenwood Springs after the Taylor Bill was passed by Congress in 1910.
Following the purchase it began its long history as a public tourist stop, and later during the 1940s hosted a resort and cafe until the construction of Interstate-70 began in 1968.
In 1972 the trail and the lake were returned to the protection of the Forest Service as part of the White River National Forest, and has been an increasingly popular tourist destination since.
In 2011 the lake was named a National Natural Landmark by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
The fragile shoreline of Hanging Lake is composed of travertine, created when dissolved limestone from the Mississippian aged Leadville Formation (through which the Dead Horse Creek flows) is deposited on rocks and logs, creating travertine layers.[