The Hanging Lake trail and parking area will be closed for maintenance beginning Friday night September 8th through September 10th for a Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers work weekend. The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District and the volunteer partners have several trail maintenance projects planned. The work includes: constructing rock steps; repairing bridges and benches; removal of graffiti; installing barrier chain at the historic shelter; constructing trail water drainage; and installing signs.

“We’re very pleased to once again be partnering with Volunteer for Outdoor Colorado and the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to get some great work done on the Hanging Lake trail this weekend,” said Aaron Mayville, Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger. “We know that the trail closure may cause a temporary inconvenience to some Forest users, and appreciate people’s patience while crews safely accomplish this important maintenance work.”

Increased visitation at the Hanging Lake area over the last decade has resulted in damage to the area’s sensitive vegetation, historic resources, and the trail infrastructure within the area. As a result, trail maintenance has continued to be necessary in order to keep up with the influx of visitors.

For more information about the management of Hanging Lake, please contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Office at 970-827-5715, or stop by during business hours Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30.