I've been meaning to create this post for some time. There has been so many articles and references to Hanging Lake inside of Glenwood Canyon. This trail is popular among tourists because of it's location, turquoise lake and naturally formed waterfalls that flow into it. It is a relatively short hike and has been upgraded over over the years with a deck that circles the lake.
Because of it's popularity, there is thoughts of restricting the traffic flow on the trail. This has been due to a number of reasons, mostly traffic but this year there was even vandalism that spurred closing it down to the public.
It is a beautiful hike, however I would like to turn you on to one of my personal favorites, Missouri Lakes.
The Missouri Lakes trail is located in the Holy Cross Wilderness, outside of Leadville, Colorado. It's a bit longer than some might hope, being about 3.5 miles to the basin but worth every step along the way. The trail follows Missouri creek from the very beginning and crosses a canyon, bringing you to a scenic meadows, cascades and small waterfalls until arriving at the basin itself with breathtaking views of the lakes, meadows and granite ridges and peaks surrounding you. Need I say more. Check it out the next time you are looking for a worthy hiking trail.