Forest Service releases Hanging Lake permit decision

Feb 21, 2018

Credit Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has released its draft decision to limit the number of daily visitors to Hanging Lake.


In an effort to protect rare geological formations and a fragile ecosystem, the Forest Service will set a daily cap of 615 hikers permitted to visit Hanging Lake. That’s a 40 percent reduction from the busiest days in the past year. Visitors will need to pay a fee to make a reservation, but the price hasn’t been set yet.

To address safety concerns during peak season, there will also be a shuttle to the trailhead. The Forest Service will seek bids to operate that shuttle.

The Forest Service hopes to implement the plan this spring, after a 45-day objection period.