Looking for something truly Colorado to do this weekend

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Managing Real Estate Broker with John Marshall

Looking for something truly Colorado to do this weekend - About 2.5 hours west of Denver on I-70 is one of the most beautiful places in the state, Hanging Lake. Hanging Lake is about 10 minutes east of Glenwood Springs so the drive will be beautiful as you head into Glenwood Canyon. Hanging Lake is so named because once you reach the lake it appears to be "hanging" on the edge of a 6000 foot cliff, gorgeus waterfalls flow into the crystal clear lake from above, in fact you can walk almost all the way around the lake to the top, and on hot days you can even let the waterfalls cool you off.

I discovered Hanging Lake in the 70's when I went for a weekend get away with some good friends to Glenwood Springs, the Boy Scouts have done a very good job of providing hand rails and steps for some of the steeper terrain and they have also built several viewing decks. The hike takes about 1-1.5 hours and it is a pretty good climb in elevation, so take your time, especially those that are from out of state and not used to the altitude. As you make the climb you will be able to look back out over the Colorado River and the Glenwood Canyon. Absolutely beautiful.

Expect to spend 3-4 hours on the hike up and back, and the trip from Denver will take 2.5 hours, so plan a full day, pack a lunch or stop into Vail, Silverthorne, Frisco and any one of the great ski towns that dot I-70 as you head through Colorado.

This has been a family favorite for 30+ years, and now our grown children take their friends their for a nice day trip'

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Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
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John, what a great way to spend the day. Very nice localism post!

May 29, 2011 09:22 AM
Rainer
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Cory Barbee
Broker (760) 563-4022

Great pictures....looks like a great place to go check out for awhile recharge the battery

May 29, 2011 09:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Hensley
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas
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John - what magnificent pictures and an awesome place to spend a few hours! 

May 29, 2011 10:10 AM
Rainer
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Stacey Clark
Century 21 Judge Fite Company

John, great pictures of your beautiful state. I love Colorado in the summer!!

May 29, 2011 10:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Acevedo
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Hi John, These are really great pictures and how nice to have this close by to visit when you need to recharge.

May 29, 2011 10:57 AM
Rainmaker
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geri wehry
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Wow - just one more reason for me to go back to Colorado :)      We spent 6 glorious days in your state early in the month and oh my, it is was so amazing.  Thank you for sharing this, I want to pack my bags today!  ...geri

May 29, 2011 11:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Ann Nguyen
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
Dickson Realty

Gorgeous place. I wish I had known about this placee when my two kids attended Colorado University at Boulder. We would have visited Hanging Lake when we were there for sure.

May 29, 2011 12:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Rebekah Radice
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John - I've never been there but I'm definitely adding it to my list of places to visit.  This fits in nicely with the decision my husband and I made to spend the summer in the car touring Colorado.  It feels like we never get the time and there are so many beautiful areas to see!

May 29, 2011 01:39 PM
Rainer
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Mike Yeo
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Wow! Simply amazing shots. Thanks for sharing. Wish we had scenery like that here in Frisco. It is that time to enjoy the great outdoor. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

May 29, 2011 03:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Ritchie
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Sure is a different site than the Chesapeake Bay and tobacco barns.
May 29, 2011 03:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Margaret Goss
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Baird & Warner Real Estate

John

I hiked Hanging Lake around 10 years ago - it is the most memorable hike I have ever done!  I was so angry because my camera only had b&w film in it but the pictures turned out spectacular - I love taking them out and going over them.

Thank you for highlighting this very special place - it really does seem to just "hang" there.

 

May 29, 2011 03:57 PM
Rainmaker
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Scott Fogleman
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Simply breathtaking!

May 29, 2011 04:22 PM
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS
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Keller Williams Greater Worcester

Hanging Lake looks like a beautiful place to visit.

Hope you are enjoying your long Memorial Day weekend!

May 29, 2011 06:43 PM
Rainer
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Justin & Krystal Knott
Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO
Fuller Sotheby's International Realty

John, this is our list to do this summer.  We wanted to go last year but the trail was closed for repairs.  Can't wait to see this beauty myself.  Justin has hiked to Hanging Lake before but this will be a first for me even though I have lived in Summit since I was seven...thanks for the pics to motivate me!  --Krystal

May 29, 2011 07:34 PM
Rainmaker
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John Marshall - FORE!
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Michael- Thank you, I wish I could spemd more time there

Cory- Fantastic place to recharge

Barbara - Thank you, absolutely worth the time

Stacey- Summers are fantastic here, although I love spring and fall here as well.

Sandi- Yes. Colorado is very therapeutic

Geri - Let me know when you are coming and I will share some more gems with you.

Ann- First of all you do not look old enough to have kids that have already gone to college ;-) and second, I have spent some time in Truckee, quite a beautiful area you have where you live as well.

 

 

May 30, 2011 07:36 AM
Rainmaker
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John Marshall - FORE!
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Rebekah- an absolute must place to visit, then go relax in the Glenwood Hot Springs pool afterwards

 

May 30, 2011 07:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Mike- When you mentioned Frisco, I was thinking Frisco, CO, which is just 45 minutes from Hanging Lake, Frisco TX on the other hamd is a little bit farther away

Cheryl- I am sure, I have been to Maryland, but just for a short trip from DC, I would love to spend more time in the area, especially along the northeast coastline

Margeret- Glad to hear you have been there, my son is a photographer (he took the bottom photo) he must have taken 100 photos, many in B & W and those are some of the most spectacular.

Scott- The hike is exhilerating, the scenery is breathtaking and rthe waterfalls are refreshing.


Michele- It is, I will and you do the same. Thank you.

Krystal- I am sure you have plenty of beautiful places to hike in your part of Colorado, Hanging Lake is well worth the trip, especialy as close as you are. Defintitely make sure it is open, I know they have been doing a lot of work near the area. 

May 30, 2011 07:52 AM
Rainmaker
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You know...... to just come out there and breath fresh air and suck up the calmness of it all...what price on that? Good post for the eyes and thank you John

May 30, 2011 09:22 AM
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