Destructive transplants force U.S. Forest Service to impose visitor cap for Hanging Lake Trail

The U.S. Forest Service will begin limiting the number of people who can use Hanging Lake Trail each day in an attempt to protect one of the most popular natural attractions in the state.

The draft decision released Tuesday will limit visitors to 615 a day year-round beginning later this year, a 40 percent reduction from the 1,000 people who use the trail on the busiest days during the summer.

There will be a fee-based reservation or permit system and a shuttle will be used to manage the daily capacity during the peak season of May 1 to Oct. 31.

Specific implementation details on cost, timing and how to obtain a permit and/or reservation will be determined at a later date.