Blodgett Peak Open Space Connector Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews

Blodgett Peak Open Space Connector Loop is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
524 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Loop trail with steady ascent followed by a steepish, smooth descent. A third of the trail has remarkable rock formations, a third is a steady hike through shade and sun and another third is easy trekking through shady forest. Smallish parking lot but street parking is available. This trail is not named and is simply a connection of existing Open Space trails to form a loop.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

First of all, this is a series of networked trails mostly contained in the Open Space. Some of the trails move into the National Forest and eventually connect to other trails in other areas. My review is for what I found to be an exploratory hike that ended up using several of the interconnected trails inside the Open Space. From the parking lot, there is the genesis of Red Squirrel Trail to the left of the signage. This is a gentle, well-traveled single-track that eventually "Ts" at Dry Creek Trail (see photo). Turning right, Dry Creek trail merges with the main Blodgett Trail, which is no more than a washed out road. Turning left, and a steady climb up the road, there's a turn into Hummingbird Trail on the left side of the main trail. Hummingbird Trail takes a dive to the south for about .3 miles before turning north and steadily climbing towards Blodgett Peak. The ascent is not steep but it is constant. The wildflowers and views along this N/S section of trail are tremendous. Right at what I'll call the base of Blodgett Peak is a right turn onto Peregrine Trail. There is a confusing marked sign on a tree stating this trail has No Outlet, but that is not the case. Follow Peregrine Trail down a fairly steep descent into shady woods and the beginning of some remarkable rock formations. The descent continues to be steep and at the stream crossing, stay to the left to remain on Peregrine Trail. Eventually the trail merges again with Blodgett Trail just above the parking lot. Good mix of sun/shade, tremendous views and fairly solitary once off the Blodgett main trail. I consider this a Moderate route mainly because of the steady ascent and very, very smooth and therefore somewhat slippery descent, when traveling clockwise.