Hanging Lake at it's lushest, greenest time! (Saturday hike)

  • June 7, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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WEEKEND IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS:

HANGING LAKE, ZIPLINING, CAMPING (YOUR CHOICE OF TENT OR CABIN), AND MORE VIA THE SCENIC AMTRAK TRAIN!

Due to popular demand, this is being broken up into 4 groups!

Actual itinerary times and details are currently tentative, and still in the planning stages, and will be updated & finalized in May. I have updated this event at each major step just as a way to keep you updated.

You also have the option of making this just a day trip without an overnight stay to include the hike and even ziplining if you want.

We are spending the weekend taking the Scenic Amtrak train through the Rockies, to include a trip through the 6.5-mile long Moffat Tunnel to Fraser and Granby, where it connects with & follows the Colorado River through both the Gore Canyon and Glenwood Canyon. We will take the train the day before and the day after the hike, but not on the same day as the hike.

We will start our first full day with a zipline course that takes you across the Colorado River from one bank to the other.

After ziplining, we will do our hike to Hanging Lake.

Lodging: Glenwood Canyon Resort http://glenwoodcanyonresort.com/ has put together some great group rates for us (still being tweaked & finalized). I highly recommend that you make a full weekend out of this trip as you will have plenty of fun things to do! Glenwood Canyon Resort will be providing us with shuttle service to/from Amtrak as well as to/from Hanging Lake. The resort sits on the bankside of the Colorado River, and lodging options will be your choice of either a tent site or a rustic camper cabin (cabin with beds only... your alternative to a tent). This is also where we will do our ziplining course.

The resort has plenty of other on-site activities as well, including:

  • Bike rental- bike into town along the bike path that parallels the Colorado River
  • Colorado River Rafting
  • Climbing wall
  • Obstacle course
  • Challenge Ropes Course: The High Adventure Ropes Course crosses from tower to tower 40 feet above the ground. The Raider Bridge, Multi-Vine Ropes and Swinging Steps will test your skills & the Leap of Faith will test your nerves!
  • Shuttle to/from Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool (world's largest hot springs pool!)
  • Enough activities to make you want to stay an extra day or two beyond our hiking day!

 

You will also have the option of making this a day trip only rather than overnight by carpooling from Woolly Mammoth. If you do this, you will still have the option to zipline before the hike.

 

The MAIN EVENT:

Hike to the beautiful, ecologically protected Hanging Lake

Photography Highlights:

  • Waterfalls, lush green moss, The Colorado River, and an ecologically protected lake at the top. You will feel more like you are in Kauai, Hawaii rather than Colorado!

 

Transportation options:

  • Take Amtrak or carpool
    • Options:
    • Carpool one-way on day of hike and return next day via Amtrak
    • Take Amtrak day before hike and carpool on the return at your convenience
    • Carpool roundtrip
    • Take Amtrak roundtrip

I know many people will be making a full weekend of this by taking the Amtrak on Friday morning and returning Monday afternoon. For both eastbound and westbound, Amtrak only has one departure option per day.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Denver to Glenwood Springs on any day:
    • Depart Denver Amtrak Station near Union Station at 8:05am, Arrive Glenwood Springs at 1:53pm
  • Glenwood Springs to Denver on any day:
    • Depart Glenwood Springs at 12:10pm, Arrive Denver Amtrak Station near Union Station at 6:38pm

 

Hanging Lake

Description:

Round-Trip Length:

Approximately 2.5 miles in/out with a 1000' incline

Start-End Elevation:

Start at TBA feet and ends at TBA feet (highest point feet)= ft gain

Estimated time on the trail: 4-5 hours (allow extra time to gear up / down at car before & after hike)

Skill Level:

Moderate (I have seen young families on up to seniors doing this hike)

Dogs Allowed?:

No (I have pondered with the thought of allowing dogs on the hikes, but while thinking of expensive camera equipment sitting on tripods, I discovered my answer). Additionally, due to the ecological protection of this area, they do not allow dogs, and I am all about protecting nature that is delicate.

 

What to bring for the hike itself:

  • plenty of water
  • snacks
  • comfortable clothing
  • sunscreen
  • rain jacket
  • good hiking shoes
  • camera of your preference
  • hiking poles are always suggested for beginner hikers or those with knee / back issues. Hiking poles with suspension- Bonus! (Target & Walmart sell them for around $20. $100 poles from the big outdoor stores are not necessary. Mine were from Walmart and have suspension springs)
  • gas money for your driver, and the courtesy / ability to remove your trash from their car when you leave.
  • Patience, smiles, positive attitude, and a good time

 

What to bring for camping and the rest of the trip:

  • Your fun camping spirit
  • Camp food such as things for s'mores and anything else (there is also an on-site bar and grill with limited hours)
  • Tent and gear for tent camping if you are not staying in a camper cabin
  • If you are staying in a camper cabin, you will need pillows, sleeping bags or linens as these are similar to tent camping, but are an alternate framed shelter with a padded platform bed.
  • Swimsuits


This is going to be a great weekend, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

-Erin

 


I'm really laid back, and everything above that I have mentioned are just more "good practices" rather than rules (such as how to set up your carpooling). But here is where I have to set some rules:

CANCELLATION POLICY:

DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE TRIP INVOLVING MORE LOGISTICS THAN OUR DAY HIKES, CANCELLATION WILL BE REQUIRED BY A DATE YET TO BE DETERMINED BY AMTRAK AND GLENWOOD CANYON RESORT. THIS CANCELLATION DATE WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS IT IS KNOWN. IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL OUTSIDE THE CANCELLATION DATE, YOU WILL STILL BE REQUIRED TO COMMUNICATE YOUR CANCELLATION TO ERIN SO THAT WE ARE NOT WAITING FOR YOU AT OUR MEETING LOCATION. NO EXPLANATION FOR YOUR CANCELLATION IS NECESSARY. ADDITIONALLY, IF YOU CANCEL OUTSIDE THE CANCELLATION DEADLINE, YOU WILL BE CHARGED A CANCELLATION FEE. YOU MUST NOTIFY OF CANCELLATION AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU CANNOT MAKE IT. IF IT'S AFTER 10PM THE NIGHT PRIOR TO YOUR DEPARTURE, PLEASE CANCEL ON HEREAND SEND ME A TEXT (WITH YOUR NAME) THAT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO MAKE IT SO THAT I KNOW WE ARE NOT WAITING FOR YOU. MY EMAILS ARE SOMETIMES DELAYED ON MY PHONE FOR HOURS, HENCE A TEXT IS BETTER. AGAIN, YOU MUST CANCEL ON HERE AS WELL AS SEND ME A TEXT IF YOU CANCEL AFTER 10PM THE NIGHT PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. AN EMAIL / TEXT CANCELLATION ALONE IS NOT A CANCELLATION. EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH MY PHONE NUMBER BEFORE THE EVENT.

BY RSVPing "YES", YOU ARE AWARE THAT THIS IS A PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK EVENT, AND THAT YOU ARE LIABLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY!

 

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  • Margo N.

    This was such a fun meet up. There were so many things to do. I enjoyed all the people. Hanging Lake was just beautiful.

    June 11, 2013

  • Paulette

    Great'

    June 11, 2013

  • JD B.

    Awesome!

    June 11, 2013

  • Stacy

    My guest and myself are just hiking. We have enough room to put 3 adults (snugly) in the back seat. So if anyone else is just hiking on Saturday, we are okay with carpooling.

    June 2, 2013

    • Erin S

      Hey Stacy, You're pretty much the only one going up Saturday and not spending the night, so you can skip the PNR. :)
      Just make sure for time sake that you are passing the exit for WM PNR at 7:45am.

      June 2, 2013

    • Stacy

      I'm sure that won't be a problem

      June 2, 2013

  • Barry R.

    Can't attend due to illness

    May 25, 2013

  • Tatianna G.

    Sorry, I need to bow out...have a wonderful time, I was there a couple of years ago.

    May 25, 2013

  • Ruan

    Sorry Erin I have to cancel since I have family in town that weekend. Thanks for all of your work putting this together.

    May 23, 2013

  • Erin S

    RE Barbara's question below: If everyone could just go to the Eventbrite link and register for me, that would be great! I don't plan to leave anyone hanging. You will all be coordinated based on your individual plans, and I will coordinate your carpools as well, based on your plans. But in order to coordinate everyone in a streamlined, organized fashion, I need a consensus of what everyone is doing, and I need everyone to go to the eventbrite link that I sent out in the email. Once I get everyone's answers, all of your meeting times will be put into place. You won't need to reach out to anyone for rides. I will do that for you. Eventbrite registration is a requirement to join in on the group, and the deadline to sign up is May 25th. Thanks for your cooperation!

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone just going up for the day in the first group on the 7th? If so, does anyone have room in their car?

    May 7, 2013

    • Stacy

      I am hoping to go just for the hike..on Saturday...once I can change to that day. ..I don't intend to zipline...even though that sounds fun

      May 7, 2013

    • Erin S

      If everyone could just go to the Eventbrite link and register for me, that would be great! I don't plan to leave anyone hanging. You will all be coordinated based on your individual plans, and I will coordinate your carpools as well, based on your plans. But in order to coordinate everyone in a streamlined, organized fashion, I need a consensus of what everyone is doing, and I need everyone to go to the eventbrite link that I sent out in the email. Once I get everyone's answers, all of your meeting times will be put into place. You won't need to reach out to anyone for rides. I will do that for you. Eventbrite registration is a requirement to join in on the group, and the deadline to sign up is May 25th. Thanks for your cooperation!

      May 7, 2013

  • Stacy

    Is it possible to just meet for the hike? I would love to do the whole weekend, but I have dogs.

    May 2, 2013

    • Erin S

      Hi Stacy! Yep... carpool day of is fine :)
      And you probably know that they don't allow dogs on that trail? I'm sure you do know, but thought I'd make sure.

      May 2, 2013

    • Stacy

      yep...I wasn't planning on bringing the dogs, just eh hubby...just leaving them(the dogs & the hubby) at home for more than a day trip can be a problem.

      May 4, 2013

  • diane r.

    Brand new job and a move; have to cancel out. Sounds beautiful, though!

    April 29, 2013

    • diane r.

      Moving to sm apt in Longmont, and will look for a house somewhere there--hopefully in Lyons!

      May 2, 2013

    • Erin S

      Nice! I know how overwhelming it is to start job and a move at the same time... just did that last fall!

      May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just had rotator cuff surgery. Hope to see you next year.

    May 2, 2013

    • Erin S

      bummer! I'm having shoulder issues myself, and am hoping it's nothing serious when I get it checked out in a couple weeks! Get well soon!

      May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still undergoing treatment since wreck.

    May 1, 2013

  • Joanne E.

    I'm in Group #4.

    April 30, 2013

  • Charles P.

    I would love to join in but already made plans to hike it in the first week of May and much earlier in the morning.

    April 25, 2013

  • Erin S

    Hey everyone- in case you did not have receive the email I sent out late Tuesday night (you probably received it Weds morning)... I have decided to add the option of taking Amtrak as well as ziplining and the Hot Springs pool. I'm waiting on responses for lodging and Amtrak for group rates. So our itineraries are going to be finalized by the end of next week. Everything is tentative right now, but will be finalized at the end of next week. Please bear with me on your questions until then. Thanks!

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike concept. Enjoy.

    April 24, 2013

  • Dorothea

    I broke my ankle on a hike last weekend, cant hike for 3 months.:0(

    April 24, 2013

  • Kim

    Love this area! Haven't been there for years.

    February 25, 2013

  • Charles P.

    last year I met an 8 month pregnant lady on the trail making the trip up to hanging lake.

    December 15, 2012

  • Linda

    That's awesome, thanks Erin

    November 13, 2012

    • Erin S

      Hanging Lake Part 2 has been posted! :)

      December 14, 2012

  • Erin S

    In response to Linda's comment "Why is there a limit on the amount of people that can attend? I'm with Bob on the 2nd group. But there are more then 24 waiting. Hmmmm......": >>>Bob and I are in communication to do just that. We're just trying to figure out whether 2 of us leads one giant group on the same day, or if we create a new event for the same details to occur on a different day. But we DO have something like 7 months to figure that out, right? ;) Of course we won't wait until the last minute to figure it out, but it will be done within the next few months. Bob is really busy with work, so I'm just patiently waiting to hear about his thoughts (and he has plenty of time to respond to me). I'm also guessing that for this far in advance, about 40% will later have a change of plans as well. Don't worry, there shouldn't be a problem in accommodating most, if not all, of the group in the end.

    November 13, 2012

    • Erin S

      If we get there, & parking is limited, we'll set up additional parking at a nearby exit & do a shuttle system with my 8-passenger vehicle + a few other cars, a take a couple trips. That would be the worse-case scenario.

      1 · November 14, 2012

    • Erin S

      Hanging Lake Part 2 has been posted!

      December 14, 2012

  • Jay O.

    I need to add a guest please.

    December 12, 2012

  • Bob B.

    I'm flexible whether we have one large group that we lead from both the front and the back, or split that into two groups either the same day or a different day. My preference would be the same day so we can meet up for the dinner. I agree with Erin that people often have a change of plans.

    With regard to parking, I've never been at this trail so I don't know, but Erin has also mentioned carpooling and we should try to fit into as few cars as possible.

    November 14, 2012

  • Linda

    Why is there a limit on the amount of people that can attend? I'm with Bob on the 2nd group. But there are more then 24 waiting. Hmmmm......

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can some on Sunday, June 9, 2013 just as easily.

    November 5, 2012

  • Bob B.

    Can't hurt to plan ahead! If we have enough interest on the waiting list I'd consider leading a second group.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds beautiful!

    November 4, 2012

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