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Colorado Springs, CO: Blodgett Peak

This popular, and moderately challenging, 4.7-miler climbs through mixed forest and over talus fields to lofty views of Colorado Springs, the eastern plains, and Pikes Peak.

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This moderate dayhike begins with a switchbacking climb up an old road and turns left onto a fir-shrouded trail near mile 0.6. The path narrows further as it climbs through twisty Gambel oak before reaching the lower southeast slopes of the peak. This route turns abruptly left along a 40′s-era road built by the U.S. Army—though the Air Force Base is just yards away. Continue through the forest, passing a waterfall and hidden grotto, before scrambling up a large talus field toward a false summit about 100 yards east of the real thing.
The ridgeline offers great eastern views of the Air Force Academy and Black Forest, but Blodgett Peak’s 9,423-foot summit has the best views of the city, plains, Rampart Reservoir, and Pikes Peak (less than 11 miles to the southeast). Descend around the western shoulder of Blodgett on a rough path that treads through aged Douglas fir toward the base of the talus field where you can retrace your steps to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Steve Johnson

To Trailhead

From Colorado Springs, take I-25 north to exit 146 for Garden of the Gods. Turn left at Garden of the Gods Road and drive 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Centennial Blvd. and drive 4.8 miles north as Centennial turns to Woodmen Rd. The Blodgett Peak Open Space parking area is on the left.

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