The iconic Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Canyon will remain closed this summer and is unlikely to be open next summer because of severe damage caused by burn scar debris flows associated with last year’s Grizzly Creek wildfire, White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said Wednesday.

Seven bridges along the trail were damaged or destroyed by debris flows caused by heavy rains last month, and the forest service is planning a significant realignment of the trail, which will require a major construction project.

Hanging Lake, which has long been a tourist destination because of its crystal-clear emerald color, currently has a milky green hue because sediment has washed into it, but Fitzwilliams said it is expected to return to its former glory eventually.

The trail to Hanging Lake is covered in debris from the burn scar following mudslides in the area. (White River National Forest)
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