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Closeup on Hanging Lake

After a two hour hike up a very steep and rough trail, we came upon this beautiful scene. This is Hanging Lake, or at least, a close up of Hanging Lake. Unfortunately most of the vegetation around the lake itself had already died for the coming winter, and wasn't green and lush, except for right along the edge of the lake. It had a couple of little waterfalls flowing into it, and was completely serene.

You can see all the way to the bottom of the lake also, because the water is so smooth and clear. There are a type of trout in this lake as well that you can see swimming happily around. It was truly an amazing area to hike to.

More about this lake: (From Wikipedia)
The fragile shoreline of Hanging Lake is composed of travertine, created when dissolved limestone from the Mississippian Period Leadville Formation (through which Dead Horse Creek flows) is deposited on rocks and logs, creating travertine layers.

Hanging Lake is located on a fault line and was formed when roughly an acre and a half of the valley floor sheared off from the fault and dropped to what is now the shallow bed of the lake. The turquoise colors of the lake are produced by carbonate minerals that have dissolved in the water.

Hanging Lake is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Colorado. The entire hike is approximately 2.5 miles round trip, and 2 hours of hiking time. Behind the lake, hikers will discover Spouting Rock, a much larger waterfall that flows from a set of holes in the limestone cliffs of Dead Horse Canyon. (We didn't have the light left in the day to visit the Spouting Rock.)

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