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Aug 20, 2011 11:02 AM by Trovette Tottress

Hanging Lake crowds too large, managers fear

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - One of Colorado's most spectacular hikes is too popular. Authorities at Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon say they're turning away hundreds of vehicles on weekend days because there's not enough parking to accommodate all the hikers seeking to climb to the crystal-clear lake.

The Post-Independent (http://goo.gl/xljbX ) reports that crowds to see the lake have caused traffic jams on Interstate 70. The forest recreation staff officer for the White River National Forest says that 850 cars we turned away one recent Saturday. Crowd control has been handled by the Forest Service, State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation. The Hanging Lake rest area parking lot holds only 116 parking spaces. Rich Doak of the Forest Service says that a new management plan will be considered this winter.

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