Blodgett Peak Trail

Pike National Forest, Colorado
Elevation Gain1,686ft
Trailhead Elevation9,428ft
Elevation Min/Max7874/9428ft
Elevation Start/End9428/9428ft

Blodgett Peak Trail

Blodgett Peak Trail is a hiking trail in El Paso County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 9,428 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,686 feet. The trail ends near Blodgett Peak (elevation 9,426 feet).
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Colorado Springs, CO
Pathfinder | 70 pts
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Trail 360 on YouTube-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 forestry 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.
Denver, CO
Adventurer | 320 pts
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This trail is well mark when you start from parking lot. However, then it just lost where Blodgett peak trail should be. If you follow the mark, it will end up at water tank and dead end to other trail. You have to turn left off at .7 as the guide book said, but it is not mark as Blodgett Peak. Then continue hiking on main route, for a bit to look like junction, keep to the right trail even though doesn't look like one, but it right one. Try to follow the orange ribbon, this trail now on Butterfly trail. we littlely got lost on the last mile of this and couldn't make or find way to the peak. There were so many little off trail and sandy, so be careful. We ran into several hikers and they were all lost.
Denver, CO
Adventurer | 302 pts
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Very nice, moderately difficult hike up a peak with some great views of Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs. Start of the trail was pretty much as described in the guide. After the start up the dry creek though, mileages were very off and I could not identify any of the described landmarks. I had however, uploaded the described route on the map into my GPS and this came in very handy. My route up the peak and the trail stayed very close to this route.

That said, there is a decent trail all the way to the summit. It's easy to lose in places, but keep looking for cairns, and if you are no longer on a good trail, you've gone off. It does tend to braid up and down a few scree slopes, but is easy to get back on.

My total miles was only 4.7 miles.

Blodgett Peak Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Colorado's Roadless Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Penelope Prudy
"A relatively low-elevation hike leads to a moderate summit with panoramic views of Pikes Peak, other mountains, and even the most famous building at the United States Air Force Academy. Note that the trail starts in City of Colorado Springs open space, highlighting the importance of linkages for both recreation and wildlife habitat. Just left of the entrance gate is a bench erected in honor of young CMC hiker Patrick Niedringhaus, a friend of many, who lost his life in an avalanche in 2005. If you knew Patrick, this is a good place to sit and spend some time withhim. From here enjoy a perfect view of the craggy south faceof Blodgett Peak."
"Once part of the Blodgett Ranch, the Blodgett Peak Open Space area offers 167 acres of open space, trails, and wildlife habitat. The Water Tank Trail takes hikers along an old utility road and past unique geological rock features. Most of the land and rock formations are visible from numerous points around Colorado Springs. A pair of peregrine falcons was released at Eagle Peak, located north of Blodgett Peak."

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Pike National Forest
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Pike National Forest
USGS Cascade
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