Hanging Lake update: Primitive trail in the works, 2022 summer opening still expected

Work is set to begin this spring to build a primitive trail up to Hanging Lake, and the trail is still expected to reopen to the public this summer, according to White River National Forest officials.

Hanging Lake, located in Glenwood Canyon, has remained closed since July 2021, when the area was severely damaged from debris flow caused by precipitation over burned soil from the 2020 Grizzly Creek Fire.

David Boyd, public affairs officer with the White River National Forest, said details on the primitive trail are still in the works. A permanent, long-term and sustainable trail will take years to complete, he said. The reservation system will reopen once the trail is ready for visitors.

The debris slide from 2021 destroyed much of the Hanging Lake trail, plus multiple bridges, and temporarily turned the crystal clear water a murky brown.

In November, the City of Glenwood Springs pledged $50,000 for repairs to the trail system. Those funds, as well as other donations have and will continue to help with a variety of projects to restore the landscape and repair infrastructure. About $6,000 was also collected from people who donated their canceled Hanging Lake permit fees from the summer.

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