3.3 What to Expect

Expect to be astounded!

Hanging Lake is a exceptional place to visit. However, there are a few things you need to know prior to your adventure:

What to Bring:

  • sturdy hiking shoes
  • comfortable clothing and layers
  • a lot of water
  • snacks
  • hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • please bring your patience!

What NOT to bring:

  • no dogs, this rule is strictly enforced
  • no other animals
  • no drones, please. This trail is crowded and it creates a public safety hazard

Trail Information:

  • 2.4 mi/3.8km total (1.2mi/1.9km each way)
  • Steep, rocky trail, switchbacks
  • Moderate ★★☆
  • Elevation Gain: 1,065ft
  • Ending Elevation: 7,200ft
  • 1/2 sun, 1/2 shade
  • Weak to No cell service

Did you know? There are 7 bridges that cross over Dead Man’s Creek.

Follow these Rules, help us protect Hanging Lake!


  • No Camping
  • No dogs
  • No swimming
  • No standing on the log
  • No Feeding wildlife