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Blodgett Peak is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 2,145 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

Off trail

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Blodgett Peak Trail is a taste of true Colorado open space with great views. The trail is located within Blodgett Peak Open Space, which is part of the greater Pike National Forest. The trailhead is located off of West Woodmen Road in the heart of the of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood with an already spectacular view of the black forest and the air force academy below. The beginning of the trail has the appearance of a relatively moderate trafficked wide spanning dirt road but quickly turns into steep inclines that increase in height with each step. The open space is home to a variety of plant and animal species. You will see plenty of Douglas Fir, scrub oak, and ponderosa pine on the way up to the summit. If you are lucky, you may even see a peregrine falcon, an endangered species that has made the area home. Once at the top, Blodgett Peak summit offers incredible views of Colorado Springs below. This is a challenging hike due to the vast amounts of loose gravel piled up on steep hillsides making it particularly slick and at points. Its is important that you pay close attention to the main route as it is easy to veer off path. It is best to arrive at the trailhead early, as the parking lot has a limited amount of parking spots, excluding availability to park on the road beside it.

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Sarah Golding
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HikingBugsWashed out

This trail would be great if it was better maintained, or maintained at all. Most of the trail was extremely steep, very washed out, and consists mostly of scree - making it nearly impossible to down climb without scooting the entire way. Beautiful wooded trail with great views, but not worth the trip in the current conditions. Trail is marked with orange paint on the trees but is still difficult to follow in many places. Best way I can describe the climb, imagine the manitou incline with no steps, covered in scree, that’s your hike. Would NOT recommend bringing dogs, I watched several sliding and struggling to stay upright. Lots of gnats at the top too but that’s not a big deal in my opinion.

Sue Batzel
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Hiking

Hard!

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Natasha L
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Hiking

I’m surprised this was so highly rated. The trail is not maintained well, the scree made it for a tough downhill, and the trail is hard to follow at many parts. The view at the top was nice though. There are other hikes in Colorado Springs I would choose instead of this one

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Memphis Raines
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Hiking

This trail sucks. Unless you enjoy getting to the top of a hellacious hike just to spend 60 seconds on top before heading back down due to the copious amounts of gnats atop the summit. At first it was one or two gnats, then they called all their buddies and swarmed us. The trail itself is poorly marked and required lots of cross referencing the map. Loads of loose gravel over the course of a mile and a half on the way up made it a pain to hike up, and climbing down the loose gravel was even worse. Pretty sure I bruised my butt from slipping and falling a couple times. Speaking of my butt, I think I’d rather have my bottom impaled on a giant cactus that ever hike this never ending symphony of disasters of a trail ever again.

Joshua Lund
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Awesome hike. I didn't bother looking at the maps path. Just took my own knowing as long as I go up, it's the right way. There are many paths once you get beyond the water storage. Once up top, bugs are bad and don't brush the trees up there. Millions of gnats will fall. Again not taking this path still, going down was insane. I'd say harder then going up. Expect to slide with every step and you should be fine. If need to, sit and slide.

Memphis Raines
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Hiking

This trail sucks. Lots of gravel that’s a pain to walk up and even more of a pain to walk down. View wasn’t worth it considering we spent about 2 minutes up there because of all the bugs.

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Reba Timothy
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Hiking

This is definitely a cool trail. If you’re training for elevation change or want a good challenge this is your trail; HOWEVER, I don’t suggest it as much this time of year. It’s cool seeing the wild berries (and eating a few of course) but the views at the top are unmatched to snow capped peaks in the spring or late fall. The trail is still poorly marked and I’d suggest ALWAYS looking for a orange marker on a tree before making a turn. Slide on your butt through scree the whole way down and get a burger after.

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Heather Knuffke
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HikingRocky
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Jack McGrail
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HikingRockyScramble
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Christina Mandrell
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Kyle J.
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Hiking

Awesome hike. I've been doing it wrong and doing the trail up the face for years. Finally took the time to use the All trails map and it was a breeze! A physically challenging hike, trail gets spotty at points, and lots of loose, steep gravel. Be prepared for a tough but rewarding one! The gnats/mosquitos at the top were horrific I only stayed for a couple minutes....

Kyrie Binyon
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Gary Warren
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HikingRocky

I followed Blodget Peak trail to the end of the marked trail then went off trail to the top. That was a 2.5 mile hike but the last mile was vertical. 2200 ft gain in elevation most of it in that last mile. I was worried about coming down the same path, with lots of lose rocks and vertical down, so followed the topography south and connected to the end of the hummingbird trail and followed it back down to the trailhead. This was a very fun hike! Great climb and great views on the way up and at the top. Just be very careful about knowing you have to descend if you do that mile up to the top.

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Classified Noneoffyourbusiness
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view ontop is awesome. Be prepared for more ethen 3 miles because it's way hard.

Gata Dickson
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Fun hike with rewarding views at the top! But definitely a challenge, especially downhill. It’s gravel and soft dirt and sooo slippery. We had to crab walk down several sections to avoid slipping. Also, the trail is not well marked. Follow the orange dots once you start hiking up the gulley or keep to the AllTrials map. We had to refer back to it several times. Summit has an incredible view of the valley! Quiet a few gnat-like bugs at the top though.

Shelby Jarvis
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