Colorado Springs, CO: Blodgett Peak

This popular, and moderately challenging hike 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 1940’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.



Arrive early on warm weekend days if you want a parking spot at this small trailhead. The trail moves west from here on a moderate-grade gravel road and switchbacks several times as it climbs.


At mile 0.6, turn left onto the doubletrack trail leading into the woods. The wide, smooth, lower trail cruises through towering Douglas fir and ponderosa. If you follow the road to the water tower, you’ve gone too far.


Just after cresting a small saddle, look for this stretch of gnarly Gambel oak trees.


A large rock just past mile 1 is perfect for a picnic lunch, and it offers a place to stretch out and admire the great views of the city and plains to the east.


Stay straight on the main trail; the right-leading spur at this 3-way junction takes you to private property.


Bear left to stay on the main trail toward Blodgett Peak. This northbound path follows the Falcon Trail onto the Air Force Academy property. Enjoy the relatively flat stretch ahead (and good views of Peregrine and the Rockrimmon area) before the trail begins winding uphill.


Many social trails and shortcuts branch uphill along the main path. Stay on the trail to help restoration efforts and to avoid damaging the vegetation. The grade of the loose, rocky trail increases in this area and the climb toughens.


At mile 1.8, this route bears left toward a hidden waterfall with a recessed cave behind it.


This waterfall and hidden grotto offer a cool ice climbing option in winter, but may be dry other times of the year.


Keep right at the trail junction. The left-leading trail also takes you toward the summit, but most people who make the climb ascend the talus-covered boulder field. Most of the boulders at the base are large and sturdy, but things loosen up as you approach the false summit to the north and east. Note: The talus-slope scramble requires sure-footed boulder hopping that can make some hikers uncomfortable. Consider turning left at this junction for an easier alternative.


Clamber over a final few boulders to the ridgeline and false summit. Stop to savor the spectacular views of the Air Force Academy to the north and the Black Forest to the east. Continue uphill to the northwest to hit the summit.


Blodgett Peak (9,423 ft.): Stellar views of Colorado Springs, the Rampart Reservoir to the west, and the massif of Pike’s Peak looms to the south. The squiggly shoreline of Rampart Reservoir is over 3 miles away, but it’s visible from the summit of Blodgett Peak. Watch for changing winter weather and summertime’s afternoon thunderstorms.


Instead of descending the boulder field, this route follows the easier trail down the southwest shoulder of the summit for the return trip. Though it’s rocky, loose, and steep in places, this trail is also an easier way to ascend the peak.

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