This is a easy one way trail to Hanging Lake in White River National Forest.
Starting May 1, 2019, the US Forest Service will start limiting access to 615 users per day with a fee-based reservation system as well as a shuttle service. There are only 110 parking spots in the parking lot and usually fills up by 7:30am during peak visitation months (Friday-Monday).
You can access the parking lot / trailhead one of two ways:
From Glenwood Springs, take the bike/pedestrian path east.
The only access is on Eastbound I-70 via the "Hanging Lake" Exit 125.
When you depart, you can only go Westbound on I-70. Approximately 4 miles, you can take the "Grizzly Creek Rest Area" Exit 121 in order to loop back around to continue east on I-70.
Toward the end of the hike, there are very steep step-ups on the slippery rocks with a handrail - no fence to keep your children from getting rowdy and falling off the trail. If your kid can't stay on trail or has balance issues you really should not bring them.
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Beautiful hike to Hanging Lake with Babe and friend Rex. Tough getting to trailhead from Vail heading West,...had to go to Glenwood and backtrack due to road construction. Definitely worth it!!!