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Hanging Lake trail reopens after extensive mudslide damage

Work continues on improving the trail in Glenwood Canyon

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
The popular Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon just east of Glenwood Springs.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Canyon, which was heavily damaged by torrential rains and flooding last summer, reopened Saturday with a temporary trail.

Gov. Jared Polis, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and officials from the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Department of Transportation were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Glenwood Springs on Friday. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at the trailhead, but a  flash flood threat in the area scrapped those plans.

“This is really one of Colorado’s treasures,” Polis said, according to the Post Independent. “And for residents of Colorado, also an economic driver; for people who visit from across the country, across the world, spend money in our stores and restaurants.”

Last year’s damaging flooding in the area triggered mudslides in the aftermath of the 2020 Grizzly Creek fire.

permit is required to hike the steep and rocky 1.2-mile scenic trail, which climbs 1,000 feet in Glenwood Canyon to Hanging Lake, a National Natural Landmark.

Read more at DenverPost.com.

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