GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo – Hanging Lake Trail is unlikely to open anytime soon, but the trail could see major improvements.
Rangers with the National Forest Service say damage to the trail and bridges is giving the agency an opportunity to make the trail more accessible and sustainable for the next 50 to 100 years. The trail, according to the Forest Service, has visitors similar to the volume of a national park, but isn’t built to accommodate such volume.
Reservation systems put in place were intended to better control the crowds at the popular lake, but rangers believe the damage to the trail will allow engineers to develop a new trail to Hanging Lake which can better suit the demand to reach the pristine lake.
An opening of such a trail is estimated to take two or more years, but those with the NFS say a primitive trail, which would take hikers through water, around rocks, and have unmarked paths, could open much sooner.