Hanging Lake is one of the most popular hikes in Colorado. In the summer, the daily 1000+ visitors don’t hike the trail anymore, but stand in line all the way up and down.
I avoided all this by getting there at 7am, which gave me time to enjoy the trail itself.
It climbs up steeply among trees and rock cliffs. On a crowded day, it would be impossible not to overlook perfect sceneries like this one.
The semi-vandalized hut below hints at how much work it must be to maintain the trail and keep it in its almost pristine condition.
What to do with an incessant stream of visitors? Let it grow, or cut?
It all depends, of course, what is at the end of the hike. We’ll learn that next week…