Hike to Blodgett Peak

Colorado Springs, Colorado

3.0/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

4.5 miles

Elevation Gain

2325 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Andrew Konopacky

Fun, challenging day adventure. Nothing technical, just a bit of ol' fashioned effort will get you to the top.

Getting There

Google Maps + "Blodgett Peak Open Space"= Easy Peasy. The parking lot only accommodates 11 cars with a one of those reserved for handicap.  A port-a-potty is the only facility available at the trail head, so plan accordingly.

The Hike

Starting out at about 7,000 feet the first mile is along a wide path, dirt road. However, starting at around 1.25 miles the trail steepens and the climb begins up the last mile and remaining 1,500 feet of elevation gain. The trail forks multiple times, but for the most part, all end up at the peak. One exception to this (I found out the hard way), follow the trail aiming to the saddle just south of the peak. If you follow the path attacking the peak directly you will find yourself in a boulder field that is much more difficult than taking the "official" trail 100 yards to your west.

The Reward

Topping out at 9,426 feet, Blodgett Peak offers a bit of thin air and amazing views of the Front Range and the sprawling plains. The Academy is just below you to your Northeast, Pikes Peak to your Southwest, and Rampart Reservoir to your Northwest. 

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Reviews

This hike is a good workout that can be done in just a few hours if you live close to town. If you stay on the trail you will not encounter any scree, but on the way down the dirt is fairly loose and steep. This seems to be standard for most mountain hikes around the springs though.

This hike is much more difficult and not as straightforward as the description makes it seem. I would never call this hike "easy peasy," and doing so can create a dangerous situation for those who come unprepared for this rigorous hike. The 2nd half of this hike is scrambling up a 45-degree scree field - bring hiking boots with good tread. The trail is not well marked and can be lost easily. My recommendation: go hike Eagle Peak to the north. Same elevation gain, much better trail, still a difficult workout.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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