Glenwood Canyon, Colorado
2.4 miles round trip
1,150 feet climb
Not an ultralight backpacking trip, but a great day hike.
We past this trail last year on our annual trip to Utah because it was to late at our time of arrival. This May, we made it our goal to arrive on time and hike the trail. Starting off from a parking lot, the trail head immediately climbs away from the parking lot. On the way up you can see some great views of Glenwood Canyon. Near the top the trail was steepest and there was some ice on the trail making it a difficult section. Within 300 feet; from the lake, there is a sign marking the way to Sprouting Rock, the waterfall which feeds Hanging Lake. The lake itself is spectacular, and one could sit and admire it for some time. The log in the center is also walkable to the middle of the lake. We made sure to hike up to the Sprouting Rock and it was awesome. By following the creek from Sprouting Rock and another short trail, I was able to get up above the lake over one of the waterfalls. It was great. The pictures do not give the area justice as it is one of those places you just have to see for yourself.