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I hike a great deal. This hike is one of my favs in the Pikes Peak Region. I found it to be more challenging than moderate. I recommend hiking boots vs. sneakers. The pebbles are difficult to gain traction on near the end, especially going down.

Awesome hike. Still icey but fun.

Hiked today 3/20. The trail from the rock steps up was very icy and micro spikes were very helpful. I ran into many people who turned back because of the ice. It’s a great trail and the arch is really nice with great views.
Difficult but definitely worth it.

1 day ago

Extremely hard trail. The first 75% has a good foot path and is easy to stay on course it's steep but good for hiking. The last half mile or so is ridiculous it's no longer hiking. The trail became almost non existent and turned into a bolder field. I ended up on hands and feet climbing. this trail is definitely not for the faint of hart.

Amazing gorgeous outstanding-wild raspberries at the start of the trail.

1 day ago

Hiked in early March, good amount of ice on trails, i had no spikes or poles but easy to avoid if you go from rock to rock, as there are a lot of rocks. Awesome views of the east

I love it here. Beautiful view. Got tough near the end, and the falls were frozen (3-17-18). Very pretty. Gorgeous hiking weather. Also, there is a sign where you see "St. Mary's Falls .2 miles" Turn around and you will see the switchbacks going up. I really think you have more of a hike than .2 miles!

This was a really fun hike. There were a few icy patches, but overall it was clear. It was challenging because it climbs a lot over low mileage. Great views and the arch is amazing.

on Blodgett Peak

2 days ago

I think the person that said this is a good trail for children was referencing the Open Space trails. The Open Space trails are great for families and young ones with nice overlooks, offering wide, easy to moderate trails.

However, Blodgett Peak is not in the Open Space, although access starts in the Open Space. This is one of the harder hikes in the area, due to hard route finding and steep, loose gravel and dirt most of the way up. You need to be careful if there are others near you as they can inadvertently send down rocks your way (as happened today). It gains over 2000 feet in less than 1.5 or so miles and that too adds to the challenge.

I re-did it today after being away for over a decade. With Waldo Fire, I was confused by the trails, as it all looked very different than I remembered once I hit the ridge.

You start on the Hummingbird Trail, going up along a sometimes dry creek, But before long the trail is steep with lots of loose gravel, protruding roots, loose rocks... going up is not easy and going down can feel worse. Someone with whom I connected was wearing ice walkers and said those helped On the way down, I decided to be safe in sections and got down on my butt or did some gravel sledding to move cautiously at times and took it very slowly with the downhill. Mostly my goal was to avoid the loose stuff if I could and find more secure footing and/or good hand holds.

Going up, the first landmark/goal is is a big rock outcropping once you have moved away from the creek and are heading northwest. It's only a short distance from the creek trail but steeply upwards. It is is more easily noticed coming down (look for it sticking out above the trees as that is where you likely want to end up if you want to follow the creek trail down, although there are several other access points to the creek trail). Folks stop there for a break and views. After that you hit a ridge with a viewpoint and a trail that branches left and right. It stays flat for a short distance in both directions. The right leads to a boulder field. Do not advise that route. Go left and the trail branches west and then steeply up to the saddle between Blodgett and Point 9491. I turned around there today; getting later and I was a bit beat after going the wrong way at the trail junction, Someone else made the same decision. The saddle felt like achievement (as is the entire hike!). I didn't need the summit.

3 days ago

Love this trail. Went with my wife and 4 year old daughter last week and hiked all the way to the Seventh Bridge! We are not in any sort of shape and took frequent breaks along the way. Beautiful views and terrain. Lots of streams and birds. Luckily, there were plenty of locals to keep us on track, as the trail is not marked.

Directions: Go all the way up the mountain, then park in the dirt parking area. Should be plenty of cars parked there. Trail will be dirt with a gate in front of it. Walk the trail about a 1/2 mile, take a right when the trail forks, then continue to follow trail 622. (If you go left at the fork, you will end up at St. Mary’s Falls.) The trail does keep going after the Seventh Bridge (I was told you could climb all the way up to Pikes Peak) but we stopped there and began the hike back to the car.

Great trail and view. Most definitely harder then moderate for us. Took us 4 hours to get up and back at a slow pace.

Solid hike for spring. Definitely bring micro spikes or yak tracks as the majority of the trail is covered in either ice or a few inches of snow. No need for snow shoes in my opinion.

Parking is pretty limited. We parked next to the entrance (it said violators would be towed), but didn’t have any issues. Others were parked in the area without problems as well.

Happy hiking!

The trail is still somewhat icy at the moment. But if you have your spikes, this is a fun, fairly quick hike that will get your heart rate up and reward you with a gorgeous view from the arch at the top.

Beautiful view! A decent climb. DEFINITELY need to have your spikes with you for some parts. Very icy near the beginning of the Arch trail and just before you get to the Royal Arch. If you have walking sticks or gloves for holding onto rocks etc then I recommend that also. I was very scared of going down but I have never walked on an icy trail/never ice-skated or been skiing so it was a whole new experience for me. Other people were running up and down there - making sure to step on the rocks and dry parts. I’m so glad I did it though.

Spikes needed once you hit the spur to the arch.

8 days ago

Difficult hike-not for typical beginner/intermediate hiker. Had difficulty staying on the correct trail. Took wrong trail early on- went right, should’ve stayed left. Trail is very loose- mostly dirt/gravel. Summit is great. Good views of city and Rampart Range.

9 days ago

Awesome views! Be prepared for ice at this time and a steep climb. Very rewarding hike!!

9 days ago

Royal arches was absolutely stunning. Highly recommend to anyone although be warned it is icy in some spots as of (3/11). Definitely work the trek!

Hi Danielle. From the parking lot, you go on the path away from the springs. You walk that path as it forms a "u". keep going until you see the abandoned tunnel. after that, youll go a little more and see a trailhead on the right. The sign has St. Mary's falls on it. Have fun!

Trail was snow packed, footing was good with microspikes. Probably could have gotten away with just boots, but the extra traction was nice on the uphill climb.

Was an enjoyable hike; I’m sure it’s even better when the lake isn’t frozen.

Parking is kind of sketchy, but no problem finding a spot.

10 days ago

3/10/2018 Saturday: The weather has been in the mid-60s this week, and the high was 53 today, so it was a beautiful day for this hike. Despite that, there was a decent amount of ice on this trail and I would HIGHLY recommend microspikes. I only used them on certain portions of the trail, but they were crucial, particularly in the area right below the arch. Everyone who I encountered that day fell and slipped on the ice.

This hike is in Chatauqua Park and there is a large parking lot. There is a map of the area at the trailhead and a ranger station. Even in the off season, I passed about 15 people on this hike and I started at 5pm, so I imagine it is much more heavily used in the spring and summer.

Be prepared for a rough hike back down. I only ended up on my rear once. Your legs will be tired when you get to the top, but coming down is a workout too! Tip for the way down: be in a semi crouched position, find the path with the most loose scree available and ride it down. Otherwise you are on loose dirt which is harder to stay upright on while going down the mountain

11 days ago

An amazing hike but very slippery ice patches

Hi folks, I'm wondering if you can help me out. I'm confused about which dirt road to take. On one end of the parking lot, there are two options--one is called High Road or something, and the other is Lower Gold Camp. I walked a ways on each of these and didn't find the trailhead. I then tried the dirt road on the other end of the parking lot (directly opposite these two roads). I passed the turn for trail 622 on the right, but I had to turn around because it was getting dark. Was I on the right track? The dirt road made a near U-turn around some private homes and then continued upward. If I'd kept going, would I have found the trailhead on the left? Ugh. Thank you in advance for your help.

15 days ago


Road leading up to the trailhead is not very well maintained but any car should be able to make it no problem. The trail is pretty short so you can get to the falls in less than 10-15 minutes. When I was there the falls were basically all frozen. You could see a little water running behind the ice. Microspikes helped a lot, especially if you want to actually get up close to the frozen falls. I definitely plan to come back in Summer when the falls aren't frozen.

I went to the dunes during the day for a few hours and then hit Zapata Falls a little before sunset. Zapata Falls campground is awesome and suggest staying there if you want to camp. Thats where we camped and other than the wind was perfect.

15 days ago

Honestly really enjoyed this trail! Very difficult for a beginner/intermediate hiker. I didn’t finish all the way up, but I play on going back for sure!

15 days ago

A hike right around boulder admits the flatirons. Pretty neat trail. Majority of trail is incline up. We started on Chautauqua and went left til we made it to royal arch trail. Lots of step type, fairly steep. Definitely very icy and would recommend spikes. People were sliding in certain parts. The rock is your friend for foot grip. Did it in boots but those with spikes seemed like ice wasn’t as much of a challenge. View is spectacular.

15 days ago

Did the hike with the family last weekend. Lovely views and good workout. End of February is icy towards the top, so I recommend crampons.

Awesome views and a lake. Did it today with a ton of snow on a windy day with snow bursts. Wasn't too bad, it was nice having the whole trail to ourselves! We did it without snowshoes (brought along spikes but didn't need them) and we were fine. There were a few spots where our feet sunk through the snow up to our knees, but walking a few feet out on the lake was cool.

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