Hanging Lake permit, shuttle plans won’t take effect until 2019, Forest Service says

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – People hoping to visit Hanging Lake this summer won’t have to get a permit this year after all, as a new management plan isn’t expected to take effect until next spring.

The U.S. Forest Service had planned to implement a fee-based reservation and permit system for the popular hiking trail this summer, but said Monday it was still working on the plan, thus delaying its implementation.

“We’ve come a long way in getting this management plan finalized,” said District Ranger Aaron Mayville. “Great progress has been made, but there is still a lot of work to be done before we can fully implement the plan and the shuttle system on time in 2019.”

Under the plan, visitors would be required to take a shuttle from the parking lot to the trailhead so as to alleviate parking stress and implement a new daily limit to the number of people allowed at Hanging Lake.

But officials said part of the delay was due to the Forest Service still having to decide on a shuttle provider.

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