Forest officials are trying to deal with overcrowding at Hanging Lake by enforcing regulations while ensuring visitors still have an enjoyable experience.

The Post Independent reports nearly 80,000 people have made the hike to Hanging Lake already this year, up from 50,000 for the same period in 2014.

Efforts by U.S. Forest Service staff and volunteers to reduce overcrowding on the trail and at its parking lot haven't seen much success. When the parking lot is full, visitors end up parking on the grass, on sidewalks and blocking emergency access and fire lanes.

White River National Forest spokesman Bill Kight says officials must enforce regulations to prevent the negative impact of so many human visitors.

The first step for the Forest Service is to begin issuing parking tickets.