Hanging Lake trail to reopen June 25, 2022 after mudslide damage from Grizzly Creek fire; reservations open soon

The iconic Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Canyon, which was heavily damaged by torrential rains and flooding last summer, will reopen June 25, Glenwood Springs officials announced on Wednesday.

That area of Glenwood Canyon was hit hard in July 2021 by flooding and mudslides made worse by destruction from the 2020 Grizzly Creek fire. Multiple bridges and portions of the trail were heavily damaged, leading officials to shut down the trail entirely in late summer 2021. At the time, officials said it was unlikely the trail would reopen in 2022 and that much of it would need to be rebuilt.

But crews that began work on the trail in late April have already repaired one bridge and replaced another, and have made more progress than expected.

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“It’s much earlier than we thought we were going to be able to open that trail,” said Lisa Langer, director of tourism for visitglenwood.com.

Reservations go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at visitglenwood.com/hanginglake. There will be no shuttle this year, so visitors will have to drive their own vehicles to the trailhead.

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