Hanging Lake is trail closed on Wednesday and Thursday
The Hanging Lake trail closes Wednesday and Thursday this week while crews replace a foundation to one of the railing posts below the staircase climb.
It’s the first of three times this season that the hugely popular trail will be closed for heavy trail maintenance.
The work will involve moving large rocks, painting the seven bridges and installing a barrier system to protect sensitive habitats along the trail.
The trail and the lake had a record amount of users last year, and the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Department of Transportation and other parties are working on improved management tactics to minimize damage to the sensitive lake and to the steep 1.2-mile trail. Hikers should know that dogs are not allowed on the trail and, once at the top, visitors must stay out of the water to preserve its pristine qualities.
CDOT will close exit 125 and its offramp, and the Forest Service will post staff at the trailhead during the closures.
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The other planned closures:
• June 13 and 14 — A Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crew will construct new rock steps to Spouting Rock, remove graffiti from and repaint bridges and clear-coat the resting benches along the trail.
• Sept. 10 — Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will host its annual Hanging Lake Trail work day.
For more information about the management of Hanging Lake, please contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Office at 970-827-5715.
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