Blodgett Peak

HARD 235 reviews
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Blodgett Peak is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2132 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Not for new or inexperienced hikers...some trails rated “difficult” I can easily hike in sneakers but this is not one of them. Poles also recommended. Ascent gets difficult during the 2nd half (talus and scree). Also, easy to get off-trail during the 2nd half (or rather, there seem to be lots of trails!)

Views are great and an amazing workout.

22 days ago

Trail is not clearly marked but if you don’t rush it is not an issue to keep on the trail. Bordering up the last quarter of the trail was enjoyable but not part of the trail. The view is amazing on top overlooking USAF Academy and the backside past the front range. Coming down you will spend half the time on your bottom as It is very steep and hard on the knees. Make sure you have good hiking shoes as you will need it on the way down.

hiking
25 days ago

Hard Hike! Worth making it up there for the views. Make sure you don't hike this alone cause it is dangerous on the way down & traffic is sparse. Fell a few times with only a few scrapes. Felt very accomplished afterwards. Good Luck!!!

hiking
28 days ago

Very challenging at the summit, as is stated thoroughly. Lots of loose gravel and large sharp granite boulders. Views are what make this peak worth hiking, and the challenge of course.

1 month ago

Scree tastic. As everyone else notes, it's loose, small rock, and fairly steep, especially as you get higher up.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail isn't very well marked. I don't think I've went up or come down the same way twice. Sure, the views up to are great; but coming down sucks badly. Trekking poles or not, expect to fall on your butt on the pea gravel on the way down.

1 month ago

This was a terrible hike. Lose gravel makes it hard to find firm footing, walking down the mountain can be treacherous. Would not recommend this hike. The view is great, but not worth the hike.

1 month ago

WOW! Hard is accurate! Steep, loose gravel, harder as you get further! Sketchy as all get out going down. BUT... the views are spectacular, and you can’t help but feel accomplished summiting this one. A must try!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is accurately rated as a hard/difficult hike. 1st half isn’t too bad, but the ascent and descent on the 2nd half are where it gets you, lost of loose gravel and steep slope. Fantastic views along the way and at the summit make it all worth it! Also lots of shoot-off trails along the way that make it easy to get off course.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with more than one path to take. Nice views and not too many people.

2 months ago

Nice trail, slippery at spots. Be safe and have fun.

2 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful view at the top. Make sure u give yourself plenty of time. Also hiking boots are a must towards the top.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a difficult hike with steep inclines and loose gravel; this is not a trail for beginners and should be attempted only during daylight hours. The trail begins in an arid ecosystem with short broadleaf trees then moves into a pine forest the higher you climb. Towards the top the pine forest gives way to the remains of a wildfire that looks to be a few years old. Once at the top you are given great views of Colorado Springs, Monument, and the USAFA. Trail 360 on YouTube

hiking
3 months ago

Fun and fast. Great trail.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike if you're looking for a challenge! lots of rocky areas to climb but super fun and well worth the view when you reach the top! make sure you plan enough time to get through it before it gets dark, or make sure to bring headlamps.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is pretty damaged in places and multiple community trails make it a bit confusing, but a beautiful area with great views of the city and lots of wild flowers.

4 months ago

Awesome experience if you dig difficult terrain! i definatly suggest using a mapping app here though, it is very easy to find yourself zoned out in the wrong direction

hiking
4 months ago

Great workout with a plenty of mixed terrain to overcome. I would give it a higher rating but there just isn't enough signage to keep you on track. I simply decided to follow the "creek" up to the Boulder field. There are a few blazes and cairns in the Boulder field to keep you headed in the right direction up to a rocky couloir, I guess you could call it and up to the top. I wouldn't recommend small kids or those with stability problems to do this hike due to the boulders and loose gravel on the way down.

4 months ago

Very gravelly, lots of slipping!

hiking
4 months ago

Was certainly a workout!!! Loved the day I hiked Blodgett! Great views if you can make it up top. The trail becomes rocky, and diffilcult to follow at some points. Slid most the way down, was great fun though. I wouldn't bring small children here, or come alone unless you're used to tough hikes. Very beautiful the entire way, and has an easy accessible trailhead. I would do this hike again, it was a surreal experience.

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