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Hike to Hanging Lake

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My DH & I were able to get away this weekend and spent the weekend in Rifle, CO. We've stayed here before and found it's a good central location for lots of activities. Yesterday we took the hike up to Hanging Lake which is just outside of Glenwood Springs. We had heard about how beautiful the lake was and decided to go for it.

At the trail head there's a sign warning that the trail is difficult. It's 1.5 miles to the lake and 1000 + foot climb. We knew it would be a challenge but thought if we just took it slow and steady, we'd be ok. It WAS a challenge and VERY rocky! Some of the trail was steps made with rocks or carved into the rocks. It rained off & on throughout the hike, too, which made some of the rocks slippery.

But once we made it to the top we got to enjoy this!

It is indescribable! I am so glad we made the effort! It is so worth the work to get there. We enjoyed the lake for awhile, took lots of pictures...

...then started our trip down. Going down was easier, but also a little treacherous especially since the rain had made things slick.

We were both pretty worn out after the hike, but it was a good tired! :) I HIGHLY recommend the hike if you're ever in the area! One of God's awesome creations!

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    Love that waterfall picture! The other day, on SparkCoach, my visualization was supposed to be me standing before a waterfall and taking in all the power of the falls. Nice visualization...but you had the real thing! Woo hoo! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1382 days ago
    Woo Hoo! Love the place and hike; and so glad that you and your husband were able to enjoy it! My husband and I had hiked it last year, but for some reason I got sick on the hike and had to go down without making the lake. One of those freaky it's on my bucket list to complete it!! Gotta love God's creations!

    1382 days ago
    Looks beautiful! I used to love making trips to see the mountains in Colorado! But now that I'm in Tennessee I don't know if I'll ever get that far west again.
    1383 days ago
    Yes, we did see Spouting Rock too! Got some pictures from behind the falls. Just gorgeous up there!
    1383 days ago
    I LOVE hiking up to Hanging Lake! Glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty!
    1384 days ago
    Your pics are so good....thanks for sharing. I am definitely putting this one on my list. Good for you for taking on the challenge :)

    1384 days ago
    Hooray for you, taking on a big challenge -- well worth the effort, for sure! Hanging Lake is one of my favorite places!! But we haven't been there since our kids were 5 & 8 (now 38 & 41). I loved how you could see the moss-y logs on the bottom of the lake and see the fish swimming way down below. Loved being able to go behind the waterfall! I've been telling hubby that I want to go again, and I'm fit enough now where I could do it (4 years ago I wouldn't have even tried) ... so we better not wait too long! Was just thinking this AM that if we're going to put it on the calendar this year, we'd better do it! Your blog reinforced that desire! You didn't mention going on up to Spouting Rock -- but if you ever get to go again (or if someone else reads this & is heading to Hanging Lake) I'd really suggest the extra push up a little further to Spouting Rock -- the water shoots out a big hole in the rock. As I recall, it was very cool!
    (note for those with little kids -- our 5 yr old scampered up and back multiple times as we "old folks" (mid 20s) slowly climbed!!) emoticon
    1384 days ago
  • v 1GODGIRL
    The pictures are beautiful. Looks like a lot of fun!

    1384 days ago
  • v MONTREAL12
    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience! emoticon
    1384 days ago
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