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PHOTOS: Flash flooding severely damages Hanging Lake Trail

Rock and debris fill the creek and nearly covers a picnic table Wednesday at the Hanging Lake Trailhead after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

The popular Hanging Lake Trail near Glenwood Springs sustained significant damage from the mudslides and debris flows that occurred in Glenwood Canyon in late July and early August.

The trail, which leads to the iconic lake feature that protrudes from the canyon wall, remains closed to the public indefinitely. White River National Forest crews led a media tour over numerous slides and through running creek crossings to the lake on Wednesday.

Forest crews continue to assess the damage and will devise a plan to rebuild a permanent trail, and possibly an interim primitive trail. However, that’s not likely to happen until next summer, officials said.



The Forest Service is also working to identify funding sources to complete the project, possibly tapping into federal emergency funds that have been requested.

Mud covers the trail to Hanging Lake after flash flooding in July.
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Rocks and debris cover what used to be the trail to Hanging Lake after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon.
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Signs of flash flooding above the Hanging Lake Trail are seen Wednesday after recent storms caused heavy damage to the trail.
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Rocks and debris block the way to bridge number five along the trail to Hanging Lake after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon.
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Rocks cover the uphill trail to the popular Hanging Lake.
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Rocks and debris nearly cover an information sign on the trail to Hanging Lake on Wednesday after recent flash flooding.
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Rocks and debris cover bridge number five along the trail to Hanging Lake on Wednesday after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon.
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A bench along the Hanging Lake Trail sits covered in mud and debris Wednesday after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon.
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A pathway through the mud sits on the trail to Hanging Lake after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon.
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Logs crisscross over the trail to Hanging Lake on Wednesday after recent flash flooding left mud and debris on the trail.
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On Wednesday, Bridge number one on the Hanging Lake Trail is covered in mud and heavily damaged from debris flows after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon.
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Though the trail to Hanging Lake was severely damaged after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon, the lake itself appeared unscathed Wednesday.
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Mudslides in late July left the water in Hanging Lake a muddy brown color but the normal blue-green color has since started to return.
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The popular Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon just east of Glenwood Springs.
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Though the trail to Hanging Lake was severely damaged after recent flash flooding in Glenwood Canyon, the lake itself remains unscathed.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com.

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