Hanging Lake, Colorado.... "we hiked up to this lake, not a trail for just anyone! but WELL worth ever step to get there. The water up there is so clear that you can see the fish swimming pretty far off into the lake. if you visit CO and like to hike this is worth seeing! Best in late spring/summer"
One of the coolest (literally) of the Colorado Springs hiking trails, and one of the best-kept secrets. This is a unique 2-mile hike near Glen Eyrie that meanders through a steep canyon, gains 400 feet of vertical, and ends up at the punch bowls-- five granite bowls filled with mountain water. Excellent hike for a hot summer day. Jump into the bowls and go for a swim. How did I not know about this?