Karissa HartComment

Hanging Lake

Karissa HartComment
Hanging Lake
 

Today we decided to spend the day at one of our favorite places, Hanging Lake. 

This majestic turquoise lake is located in Glenwood Springs, just around 3 hours from Boulder. It's definitely a commitment to get here -and one we almost gave up on about 2849 times. 

Our day started out with Boulder having a 100% chance of rain. The ski towns were predicted about the same, while Glenwood Springs had about a 50-80% chance of rain. HOWEVER, it dropped to a 30% chance of rain around 1:00 and those odds looked good enough to me...

So we started driving West, only to be greeted by a torrential downpour. 

We kept driving.

SNOW. It started snowing. We were in Ski Country though, so I just chalked it up to the fact that this is a magical land where snow tends to fall until late July. 

We kept driving.

Rain. It's fine

We kept driving.

Sun! Finally the skies cleared and the sun started to shine as we approached the Hanging Lake Trailhead (thank you Universe).

Trail: Hanging Lake

Distance: 3 miles round trip

Directions: from Boulder take 93 to Golden where you will head West on I70 towards Glenwood Springs. Follow along I70 for  about 2 1/2 hours until you see the sign for Hanging Lake. Take Exit 125 and follow the signs (you'll be veering to the left after the exit). YES, you will be backtracking a few miles, don't freak. Simply follow the signage and make your way to the parking lot. This lot is pretty much always full so plan to get here early or around the off chance the weather will clear up and give you a miracle, like us. 

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I'm really not sure what possessed me to tell Ethan "DO NOT TURN THIS CAR AROUND" other than the fact that I've been listening to my gut lately. I've been doing things straight from the heart and it's been paying off in ways I never could have imagined. It's a simple concept, to do exactly what you want to do.  And as I've been finding out, if you have the courage, the universe will let the sun shine - you might just have to make your way through some rain (and snow) to get there.  

- KB