Last week’s post was a bit of a cliff hanger, and so is Hanging Lake.
It is precariously sitting on top of a cliff, with waterfalls in the back as a bonus.
The emerald green water creates an eery play between underwater world and the reflections of the upper world behind.
What more could one wish for? Well, there is more. A very short hike up above is Spouting Rock, a single, taller waterfall that by itself is worth a visit.
Long time exposure doesn’t do it much good.
In this case, I like the dramatic spattering or the quiet drip-dropping much better.
It is a wondrous place. Remember, come early.
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…