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The trail is narrow and somewhat steep at parts, making for a good challenge. It was well packed and microspikes worked great! Didn’t make it to the lake, but there were some beautiful views along the way. About half way up it clears and levels a bit for some beautiful views. Waterfall is at the base

7 hours ago

This was a nice hike last weekend. It was easy, but is made much more challenging if you take any of the other trails.
Has beautiful views and neat rock formations!

7 hours ago

An easy hike that we did with the kids (6 and 2.5) yesterday. It was perfect to burn off wiggles and learn something interesting too!

Beautiful views all along the trail!

Beautiful trail with great views.

7 hours ago

Snow packed trail. Yak Trax and hiking poles came in handy as the climb became more difficult near the falls. A spectacular hike.

rock climbing
8 hours ago

Usually hike, rock climb and or drive on the trails weekly. Lots of space for different activities. During the summer it can get very busy. During the winter it doesn’t get much snow so it’s good for rock climbing there almost year around.

Snowshoes were needed for this hike. Some spots had avalanche risk. It was a beautiful hike. Also a great place for backcountry skiing.

on Blodgett Peak

8 hours 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.

8 hours ago

Drive to the trailhead was easy. Ice on a few areas of the trail. Used spikes; no problem! Beautiful hike this morning!

What a great little hike! Got to the trailhead about 8am on a Sunday and saw no one on the trail, must have been lucky!

Go West way up - beautiful and aerobic - great weather in am today

9 hours ago

Huge fan of this trail; it isn’t easy, but it’s very much worth it. Spectacular views and scenery, and it’s not far at all from Boulder. Highly recommended.

9 hours ago

Nice trail; would be even better in the summer.

Hiked today. Went left into the loop as the right side is steeper and better for going up at the end than down.
~10% of the trail was icy and the ice was hidden in the mud/dirt but easily avoidable.
2.5 hours with a short snack break and a couple of water breaks.

This was an awesome trail with a beautiful view. It was windy 3/18 and there were mostly mountain bikers but everyone was extremely nice and respectful of all trail rules. 10/10 might be back next weekend!

12 hours ago

We hiked from the Longs Peak ranger station to the peak and back.

Snowshoes were handy, as some people in our group didn’t have them and were up to their hips in the recent snow. I didn’t bring spikes however, and the snowshoes were tough on the icy/rocky bits; just my boots didn’t grip well as there was a lot of hard packed icy snow.

That being said, if I’d had the right gear, I would have enjoyed the last mile up/down a lot more. Due to the snow and ice, it took about 6 hours.

The views were beautiful, though, even before we got to the top. Highly recommend if you have the right gear with you.

The falls were running and we were able to get a quick run in before the rain showers. A great short run with incline!

Wonderful views and a easy trail. Perfect for kids!

14 hours 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 views of the Front Range and Denver including Res Rocks. This is a must hike!

No trax needed, couple of icy spots no mud frozen falls beautiful trail low traffic start at 9 am. First trail sign takes to cliff loop come back other way

14 hours ago

This was harder than we thought it would be. We wore micro spikes most of the hike. Quite icy. Lots of tree coverage. It’s a steady climb the whole way but it really got tough once we passed the tree line. It was hard to see the trail due to snow. We saw lots of moose poop but no moose; but they were close. It’s a beautiful hike. We will do it again.

Did this hike yesterday 3/17 early morning. No ice issues to report. It’s an amazing hike that gets your heart rate up for sure! The view at the top is %100 worth it! It says hard, but I wouldn’t go that far, though there are some steep spots.

15 hours ago

awesome hike. bluebird skies on 3/17. no need for spikes. brought trekking poles to ease descent. dress appropriately it is windy and cold even on a low wind day like I had. Loveland pass was forecasted to have 10-15 mph winds.

Hit the trail at 7:20 took me about 2.5-3 hours to do the whole thing. The first section up to the saddle of Sniktau/Cupid is rough. Easy to psyche yourself out there especially when the sun hasn't come over there hillside and it's windy. Stick through it though, totally worth it.

Beautiful view with the snow and lake. Highly recommend spikes.

Hiked a few weeks ago. Cool historic site early on, heavy traffic, pretty challenging on the way back up. Great day hike!

16 hours ago

Spikes only needed on 3/17

16 hours ago

Hiked the full distance from Genesee Park to Lookout, then down Chimney Gulch.
A really unique trail for the front range: Great variety, mostly in the trees, amazing views for the second third of the hike looking down over clear creek canyon, and a pretty darn good workout.

Other than some icy patches in places (it's worse on the Lookout Mountain side), the hiking is pretty straightforward. After dropping down the Chavez Trail to the creek, the sign there is misleading: It says that during high water, the trail could be flooded, but I think the signmaker was misinformed and that information was meant for the loop-around to Beaver Brook back up to Genesee (these days, there are foot bridges over almost all water crossings, so the high water really isn't an issue anymore there). In any event, from that sign, the trail very quickly starts climbing straight out of the canyon...a pretty steep climb for a good 1/2 mile or more. Once things level out, that section is spectacular. The last third is deep in the trees with some quick scrambling in a couple of places (as others have mentioned).

2015 Subaru Outback - winter tires...done it about 4 times.
Couple parts required fancy driving to not ground out but Subaru’s AWD kicks ass.

17 hours ago

Easy trail that is good for all skill levels. It eventually just basically becomes a dirt road but before that it’s a nice trail.

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