The view of Hanging Lake in Glennwood Canyon, east of Glennwood Springs, Colo., Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The popular 1.2-mile trail closes Saturday, Sept. 10 for trail repairs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The U.S. Forest Service has released a tentative plan to manage crowds at the popular and overused Hanging Lake Trail area in Glenwood Canyon.
The Post Independent reported Tuesday that the plan is still subject to a formal objection process. It comes after an environmental assessment last year concluded that a management plan limiting daily visits and implementing a permit system would preserve the area’s fragile ecosystem.
The plan would limit daily year-round capacity to 615 visitors per day and would establish a fee-based reservation and permit system. Nearly 1,000 people per day have been visiting the area in its peak season.
A shuttle service to and from the trailhead would be used during the peak season from May 1 through Oct. 31, eliminating parking problems at the site.