What’s a road-trip without a spontaneous stop to hike 1,000′ in elevation, to a lake in the mountains, without water?
Driving down I-70 (a route worth seeing in any road-trip). It was my turn to drive and we were passing so much! So as Scott was answering his e-mails I randomly decided Hanging lake, sounds promising. Only a half-mile off the interstate, what do we have to lose? It seemed more like 6, but we parked and started walking. Originally, I thought it would be right where we parked not needing to hike.
I was wrong :). We walked about a half mile along the river on a paved trail, or so to arrive at the trail head.
This was a moderately trafficked trail. Here we found out that it was 2.4 miles round trip out and back, rated difficult. We were wearing tennis shoes and were fine, but If you’re clumsy, ankle support on this trail is recommended.
There was 1,000 feet in elevation gain, we also didn’t have water. We decided to.. do it for the blog. It seemed short enough. It was okay, but honestly, the fact that we didn’t have water made us 1,000x more thirsty. Probably a mental game more than anything, but it was a good experience to know NOT to hike without water. EVER. AGAIN.
The path is clearly marked and you won’t have to worry about getting lost. You will pass 8 of these bridges along the way (they’re all numbered in case you lose track).
There are also posts in the ground that tell you how far you’ve gone, or haven’t gone.
It’s a pretty steady incline. This trail was rated difficult, but it was more of a moderate trail. However there were a couple of points that were pretty steep, glad this railing was here!
This was the view at the top of the railing!
That already made the trip worth it! After you round this corner, there is a fork, left is for spouting rock less than 50 yards up!
Turn right to hit the lake, when you reach this bridge you’ve made it!