Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon gets a lot of press, making it one of the most popular hikes in the state of Colorado. During the peak summer months, the parking lot at the trailhead fills up fast. When that happens it’s best to come back at another time. But for those who have their hearts set on experiencing the spectacular scenery surrounding Glenwood Springs, try these in-town trail alternatives. Offering views, history or creek-side hiking, each trail has its own charms.
• Red Mountain/Jeanne Golay Trail. This trail offers breath-taking views of Glenwood Springs and the Elk Range to the south of town. Hikers can choose from two routes. The easiest option is to walk up the road that is closed to all but local traffic; for an intermediate hike, take the twisting single track to the summit.
• Boy Scout Trail. The trail at the east end of Eighth Street ascends quickly. The single track path snakes along the side of Lookout Mountain rewarding hikers with impressive views of Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River.
• Doc Holliday Trail. No visit to Glenwood Springs is complete without a trip to the memorial marker of famed gunslinger John “Doc” Holliday. Historic Linwood Cemetery overlooks Glenwood Springs and is the final resting place of the community’s pioneer residents.
• Mitchell Creek Trail. A 2-for-1 destination that begins near the Glenwood Springs Fish Hatchery in West Glenwood Springs. Visitors have the opportunity to observe a variety of trout at diverse stages of maturity. The trail follows the contours of Mitchell Creek for about five miles.
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