Blodgett Peak

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Blodgett Peak is located northwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, directly southwest of the USAFA. Blodgett is a relatively easy climb gaining about 2,500 feet in elevation in about 2 miles. There are many routes up and down and the trails are not very well marked. What could make this a difficult climb for some is that there are no real well marked trails, plus almost unavoidable contact with losse rocks for a good part of the climb. I've done Blodgett many times (20?) and is a great work-out, and practice for longer, more serious climbs. The avg. time up is an hour and half, and about 45 minutes down (for someone in shape). The view from the top is incredible with views of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, the entire Eastern Plains of southcentral Colorado, and more! Please email me with questions or comments.

Elevation (feet): 9,423
Elevation (meters): 2,872
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Front Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.9667
Longitude: -104.9
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: N/A
First successful climber(s): Do Not Know
Nearest major airport: Colorado Springs Airport
Convenient Center: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Thanks to Christopher Dorry for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 51 trip reports for Blodgett Peak.

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  • Log #21757 - by prjahelka on Aug 20, 2009
    Followed trail to base, then veered northwest. Followed steep trail to scree on NE. Scrambled up scree and short faces to eastern summit. Followed ridge to main summit, returned by trail...
  • Log #21277 - by Scott on May 14, 2008
    Great quick climb. Started at noon up the NW side and came down after cooking lunch on the sumit. Overcast day but Pike's Peak still visible as well as Rampart Res. First T-shirt weather hike of the...
  • Log #20906 - by Craig Spivey on July 30, 2007
    Great Views of Colroado Springs, from the summit
  • Log #20850 - by Phil and Marian on June 28, 2007
    Lots of scree and steep areas but it was worth the climb. Clouds moved in from the EAST but still have wonderful views. Comming down was no picnic and we both fell numerous times but...
  • Log #20694 - by David Molchan on Mar 18, 2007
    We climbed to the peak in about 2 1/2 hours. Another dad and I took our 5 sons ranging in age from 14 to 7. They all did really well. No complaining and whining.
  • Log #20426 - by Launa Walter on Oct 08, 2006
    Steep, exhilirating, wonderful summit views!
  • Log #19957 - by Penny on Aug 05, 2006
    Well, we had a rather interesting hike today... I got specific instructions on how to get to the top, but I forgot them at home,which definately set our hike in a bad direction...or wait, how about...
  • Log #16113 - by Brian Donahue on Nov 02, 2004
    I just climbed Blodgett with the experience and expertise of Dr. Frank. We began the climb from the Open Space trail area and started up the south ravine, eventually crossing over to the north...
  • Log #16114 - by Larry, Sara, winnie on Sep 06, 2004
    Great day for a hike and outstanding views from the top. The loose gravel is the toughest part, its about 2 miles up from the Blodgett Open Space parking lot and lasts about .3 miles. Rest of the...
  • Log #16115 - by Jennifer and Sean Riley on Aug 21, 2004
    Beautiful view! Rampart reservoir is full....it has been a long time. Got down just before the storm. Great day!
  • Log #16116 - by Pamela Frank on June 29, 2004
    Oh yes, I have stories of Blodgett Dad/Dr. Frank first took us bushwhacking outside our backyard (Woodmen Valley - behind the then convent) some 25 years ago - circa '81. Headed out with Julie (9),...
  • Log #16117 - by Matt Lundberg on June 25, 2004
    This was a great hike with an excellent payoff. A steep, eroding trail leads to unbelievable views at the top. I can't wait to make the trip again!
  • Log #16118 - by Kevin Hartig on May 04, 2004
    Had a great time hiking this trail with my wife. Not a difficult climb except the scree field requires a little concentration on footing. It's fun coming down. Definitely worth the hike to the peak...
  • Log #16119 - by Rob and Denice Key on Mar 21, 2004
    Spectacular views - beautiful day - another excellent Colorado hike with my my two buddies, my dogs. The skree fields midway up were a challenge coming down but overall well worth the effort. Go do...
  • Log #16120 - by Kathryn and Richard Aldrich on Mar 20, 2004
    Our 2nd trip up to top. Love the views and all the ladybugs. I take the easy way down, on my butt and sliding through the scree. I'm a big chicken going down the hill.
  • Log #16121 - by Jeremy David on Jan 29, 2004
    Very first Mountain I have ever climbed, and i can definatly take this up as a hobby! I was the highlight of my vacation. The boulder feild was amazing and fun to climb.
  • Log #16122 - by carl olson on Dec 08, 2003
    started at blodgett drive by water tank. first trip & alone. followed what looked like best trail up, south of boulder field, one hour up 35 minutes down.
  • Log #16124 - by Kevin and Jenni Baker on Oct 04, 2003
    Very fun peak to hike and keep in shape for higher peaks. I took the trail up the valley from Peregrine water tower and bypassed to the south of the boulder field. Total time up was 1.5hrs and down...
  • Log #16125 - by Sara Weimar on Oct 03, 2003
    Another awesome climb up BP, although a little chilly at the top. The view was amazing, especially with all of the changing leaves.
  • Log #16126 - by Jack Hoffman on Sep 29, 2003
    I climbed up the tree line east of the cliffs. It's steep, loose and requires a bit of bouldering. Bring gloves! The cap to the log box (tube) is broken. To the glider dude who buzzed me, nice flying.
  • Log #16127 - by Sara Weimar on Sep 28, 2003
    I climbed Blodgett Peak today, with my friend Sarah Tudor. I live about a five minute drive from the Blodgett trailhead and decided that today, being a teacher work day (and therefore no school), was...
  • Log #16128 - by Nicole on Sep 03, 2003
    Went with a few friends from work. Good hike and climb. Not too bad on the body. Great countryside.
  • Log #16129 - by Craig on Aug 30, 2003
    Climbed with my friend Fred. A beautiful traverse with excellent views.
  • Log #16130 - by Roberta Arden on Aug 29, 2003
    I was introduced to Blodgett Peak in the early 90's when it was our graduation climb for a CMC Wilderness Trekking course. It was such a fun climb and peak that I climbed it several times after that....
  • Log #16131 - by Brian Skibbe on July 11, 2003
    A very nice hike, and SO easy to get to from the springs! Nice trailhead access. As many would agree (I think), the most challenging part of this climb were the sections that had a fairly steep...
  • Log #16132 - by Allyson, Bill, and Melanie Niehus on July 06, 2003
    We took our ten year old daughter Melanie for a fantastic 4th of July hike. We have lived in Peregrine for 6 years and have a great view of BP. Have talked about this hike for years. The rock cairns...
  • Log #16133 - by Doug Beck on June 27, 2003
    The path through the canyon is getting easier to follow. I tried a different route and wound up going up the rock slide for quite a distance, which probably isn't the safest thing to do. But the...
  • Log #16134 - by Paul & Christina Whitmore on June 26, 2003
    We just recently started hiking and this was one of the first peaks we completed. The view from the top was tremendous! Being novices, it took us a bit longer to get to the top than most, but it was...
  • Log #16135 - by Kathryn on June 16, 2003
    First time up this peak. Don't know if we took the right trial up but I would NOT call this a relativley easy climb. I would rate this difficult, especially for a first climb of this peak. We've done...
  • Log #16136 - by Ian Krammer on May 15, 2003
    One of the most fun possible things to do is go mountain biking up blodgett. Walking your bike up is a hassle, but riding down is the experience of a lifetime. Although it is an intense hike with the...
  • Log #16137 - by Jeff and Kara Winiarz on Mar 26, 2003
    Would have never found the trail if not for the gentleman who blazed the trail in the snow that day. Some big drifts on top 3-4ft. Snow most of the hike. Very wet but warm day.
  • Log #16138 - by Senthil Kumar & Jayne Plant on Mar 25, 2003
    The gravely bit was a bit hard. The icy waterfall is a good sight. Great view at the top. One can see Rampart reservoir.
  • Log #16139 - by Stuart Coppedge on Dec 18, 2002
    My 14 year old son, Brian, and I summited in the evening and got a great view of the sunset behind Pikes Peak. We had not intended to go all the way up, hoewver, and did not have flashlights, etc....
  • Log #16140 - by Rick Vestal on Oct 01, 2002
    Well, I blew off the north trail on day two, but stayed on the trail this time. It took me quite a bit longer to get up as I was exhausted to start with. But, I made it. Signed the log a second time...
  • Log #16141 - by Rick Vestal on Sep 29, 2002
    I chose the dirt parking lot route. Decided against the trails and rock hopped both rock fields (east and south) The south side is a little rough and it's easy to start a rock avalanche. I left a new...
  • Log #16142 - by Joseph on June 23, 2002
    The smoke form the fires makes the visibility not as cool. I tried to get water from some cacti but only got spines in my mouth. Oh, the grey canister's lid was broken when I got to the tipee top.
  • Log #16143 - by John on June 08, 2002
    Yes, bouldering downhill is harder than uphill! On they way down I veered right off the boulders about half way into the trail system. Met 2 people who walked from behind Mountain Shadows along the...
  • Log #16144 - by Dave Taylor on May 29, 2002
    My son Brian and I were the 1st ones to summit Blodgett this millenium! We hiked up early on New Years morning, Jan. 1, 2001. A little cold up there but an awesome way to kick off the millenium.
  • Log #16145 - by Christopher Dorry on May 23, 2002
    Summited in 1.75 hours, 1 hour down, and 3 hours total hike. We took the canyon route which was entertaining for sure. Windy the entire way and in the 60's.
  • Log #16146 - by P.J. Healy on Mar 25, 2002
    Attempted to summit on March 25, 2002. Didn't have any maps or knowledge of the trails, so I tried to route-find my way to the top in the fog & 6 inches of snow. From these descriptions, I think...
  • Log #16147 - by Trevor Howell and Fred Owen on Jan 28, 2002
    Trevor (8 yrs old) - great climb -great view - hardest part was comming down through the boulder field.
  • Log #16148 - by Christopher Dorry on Jan 27, 2002
    This climb completed with Shawn Dorry, and Scott Elliott. Time up was appx. 2.25 hours, and 1.5 hours down.
  • Log #16149 - by Shawn dorry on Nov 10, 2001
    I have climbed blodgett alot and it seems like everytime we end up taking a different route. I have climbed lots of mountains along the front range and that one is the most interesting. The coolest...
  • Log #16150 - by Dane Baldini on Nov 09, 2001
    one time we were climbing the cliffs to the right of the boulder field and my friend Rob Mclain was about 50 ft. up the cliff and i was about 40 ft. up the cliff but i was to the left on an overhang...
  • Log #16151 - by Brad Doerr on Nov 07, 2001
    My 4 year old son walked up this peak with me and 3 of my nephews (ages 8,10 & 14). I had to carry the 4 year old over the really rocky areas, but otherwise he did fine. The entire trip took 5...
  • Log #16152 - by Christopher Dorry on Nov 06, 2001
    This climb was completed with Scott Elliott. The time up was about 2 hours, 10 mins, and time down was 1 hour, 20 mins. It was mild, and little breezy, but with a very strong smell of a fire, which...
  • Log #16153 - by Brian Boeninger on Sep 04, 2001
    Went up with Ryan Popineau on a gorgeous, hot day. Took us about an hour and 45 minutes up, including a few stops at the north and east faces. We did the boulderfield up, plus did a little scrambling...
  • Log #16154 - by Doug Beck on July 12, 2001
    We went the "canyon" route up, which others have said is the hardest way. I'm hoping to find a way that is less steep. The view from the top was very impressive and it wasn't windy at all.
  • Log #16155 - by Christopher Dorry on July 11, 2001
    This summit was completed with Scott Elliott and the purpose of the climb was to watch The Thunderbirds perform for the Air Force Academey graduation. The time up was 2 hours, time at top was 1 hour,...
  • Log #16156 - by Christopher Dorry on May 23, 2001
    Back home in the Springs for the summer, and needed a warm up for the 14'ers awaiting this summer. This climb was also completed with Shawn Dorry (my brother) and two of his friends. The time up was...
  • Log #16157 - by Christopher Dorry on May 22, 2001
    This climb was completed with Nathan Butts. Our time up was about 1.75 hours, and time down was about 1 hour. In the north facing slopes and valleys there was a good 6 inches of snow which made the...