Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hanging Lake :: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Distance :: ~3 miles and 2-2.5 hours roundtrip
Location :: About 9 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado in Glenwood Canyon off of I-70. There is an exit to Hanging Lake. 

If you like to hike and live within driving distance of Hanging Lake, you should definitely take a weekend to go here. We were on our way to Denver and stopped overnight to do this hike the next morning and it was SO worth it. It was early April so it was still a little snowy and icy but it was amazing. I'm a pretty avid hiker and it was a pretty intense for this 30 week pregnant lady but I have no regrets. It was incredible! The hike to the top is through a beautiful forest. At one point, you walk along a large boulder field as you climb higher up the mountain. The lake is unbelievable - and it really does look like it's hanging onto the edge of the cliff. The view from the lake bake to Glenwood Canyon is pretty amazing too. And if you go, make sure you take a minute and hike up to the little waterfall spout above the lake - it is not much further but is equally beautiful. 

^ 30 weeks pregnant. I was pretty proud of myself - for the most part I hiked at my regular pace. Nothing better than being in the great outdoors with our little family. 

These next pictures are of the waterfall just above the lake. So beautiful! 

^ I almost don't look pregnant in this photo

^ But of course we had to show off the cute baby bump - we love this little boy so much already! We can't wait to have him with us on our adventures to see this amazingly beautiful world on his own.

^ Lots of snow towards the top of the trail! It was melting quickly though and the weather was pretty warm.

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