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ledavis23fun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006

ledavis23

Matt, you rock.
Posted Jun 30, 2007 5:56 pm

Sarah SimonRoute Climbed: Open Space Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2007

Sarah Simon

Yeah, to say there are loose rock conditions on this trail is an understatement. I spent what seemed like forever plodding up ramps coated in Pikes Peak granite. For those unfamiliar with hiking PP Granite, angle a piece of plywood at 25 degrees and coat the plywood with pea gravel...then attempt to walk up it. In some places the granite "marbles" are so thick you can plunge-step your down hike. Still, lovely day, fantastic views of Pikes and Almagre, in particular. Summit was all to myself with my dog Stimpy, except for the dang gnats, so I down-hiked pretty quickly...down the wrong side of the ridge and had to back-track up the ridge to re-gain the trail. I'm sure I'm not the first to end up on the Air Force Academy side of that saddle ridge by mistake.
Posted May 28, 2007 5:52 pm

snowhikerBlodgett Peak  Sucess!

snowhiker

I have hiked Blodgett Peak 7 times now i keep talking my friends and other people to go up with me the last time was in Feb. it's allways a good hike.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 10:11 pm

cftbqGot there somehow from BPOS TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2007

cftbq

After giving up in fall 2005, I knew I would have to do some route finding. So I persevered. I left the TH at 6:40 am and broker fresh snow all the way to the summit, which I reached at 9:25. Windy on the summit; only spend 5 minutes there. I followed my own tracks halfway down, then those of a climber wearing YakTrax whom I met on his way up. Back to the TH at 11:27. Neat summit; feels good.
Posted Feb 17, 2007 7:46 pm

ElliottDavisviews  Sucess!

ElliottDavis

Views... wow. Not much to add that hasn't been said before. A fine outing.
Posted Jan 3, 2007 9:05 pm

knowlesjustinWatch the descent
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2002

knowlesjustin

When descending from the Open Space, be careful about taking shortcuts down clear but unnamed paths that end up in folks' backyards. Otherwise, you might receive a most unwelcome greeting.
Posted Nov 14, 2006 2:50 am

kilimanjaro1Way Harder Than I Expected  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006

kilimanjaro1

Took off from the Open Space parking lot and totally underestimated the challenges ahead. I really didnt come too prepared to hike, so for first time I hiked without map or compass. Realistically, I doubt they would have done me any good. Lots of dead reckoning navigation, but I am sure I did not take the easist route up. I was told to head south past the boulder fields before making the major steep ascent, but maybe I didnt go far enough because I wound up going up a steep gully that looked even worse than the boulder field. This is not the route for beginners! It took me 3 hours up and almost the same down. I am a bit of a plodder, but really didnt spend much time getting lost-- just took it VERY slow and careful going up and down the steep boulder gully. I did this as a training hike with full pack too which added to the fun. I know-- full pack but no compass or map? My bad- it's a long story. Anyway, I know there is an easier way, but I just didnt find it. I would recommend a helmet on this route-- a fall or slip on the steep boulders could be very dangerous. Part of trail had tape marking, but be prepared for some route finding challenges and a good solid workout if you go the way I went.
Posted Oct 8, 2006 10:15 pm

pittbrownieBlodgett Peak via BP Open Space  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2006

pittbrownie

Little tougher a hike than I was anticipating, still a good time. Took a little under two hours to get to the top. Some birds kept diving at me on the peak, wizzing by within two or three feet of my head and circling around to do it again, they chased me off the top pretty quick. There are some red/orange ribbons to help navigate, not quite enough of 'em to rely on though.
Posted May 20, 2006 2:40 am

BeginnerClimberUmmm, yeah...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2006

BeginnerClimber

Got a good start at 9AM (yeah, I didn't turn my clocks ahead until this morning), but I've never been on a mountain with so many little trails going here and there! Followed a map about the size of a dollar bill for a good while, but then I found myself in boulder field. Took me on the other side of the summit, so I knew I was off-trail, but the GPS kept pointing me in the right direction. Gotta love the 40mph winds that kept wanting to turn me into a kite. Made the summit and took the right way down. Jeez, could have saved myself a good 45-60 minutes by taking the nice trail already laid out for me, but which I missed heading up.

I don't know if I'd call it a "great workout hike" as the description goes. It's too steep to go very fast. I'd say it's more an exercise in trail finding. I'd have to do it 2 or 3 more times to get comfortable. Reminded me a bit of Cameron Cone.

Speaking of Cameron Cone, that's where I learned to "scree" down the scree field (also like on Mount Bross coming down -- CRAZY!), so Blodgett was pretty much the same. A bit like the Incline connector trail to Barr Trail, but for 100x longer.
Posted Apr 2, 2006 7:24 pm

vbc285Route Climbed: Open Space Date Climbed: March, 1999  Sucess!

vbc285

Started in the open space park and climbed up through a boulder field and a crack to the summit.
Posted Dec 3, 2005 4:17 pm

Mike McRoute Climbed: USAFA North Ridge Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Mike Mc

Look for the plane wreck.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 11:21 pm

Foxy Long BottomsRoute Climbed: Open Space Date Climbed: 7/01  Sucess!

Foxy Long Bottoms

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Posted Jun 21, 2005 1:18 pm

bkloweRoute Climbed: BPOS Parking Lot Date Climbed: June 14, 2005  Sucess!
Decided to go for this one while training for the Pikes Peak Ascent. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful trail. Got brutal as I entered the steep scree and the boulder field. Frequently got off the hard to find trail. The summit view was worth it, though. Had my GPS so the return trip was easy to follow, although I slipped on the scree a couple times and sprained my forearm. Did the roundtrip in 2 hrs. 43 minutes. Next time, I'll take my time and enjoy it more!
Posted Jun 14, 2005 2:52 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Blodgett Peak Open Space Date Climbed: March 19, 2005  Sucess!

csmcgranahan

Encountered quite a bit of snow above 8500 feet. I would recommend summiting via the boulderfield for the next week or so, especially if it snows again, since the trail up to the saddle is almost unpassable going up when snow is present due to steepness. I went up the boulders and came down the trail.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 11:21 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: from Blodgett Drive Date Climbed: 3/5/05  Sucess!

shknbke

This was my third time up this mountain, and it is always fun. The trails always seem to confuse me. Great workout and rewarding views!
Posted Mar 6, 2005 1:50 am

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Blodgett Peak Open Space trailhead Date Climbed: February 21, 2005  Sucess!

csmcgranahan

The round trip took just under 3.5 hours taking the boulderfield up and the canyon trail down. The first time I spent nearly 6 hours wandering around on the vague trails. Great day for a hike. I would be willing to show someone the route if they want to summit but not have to deal with route finding.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 10:21 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Open Space Route Date Climbed: January 23, 2005  Sucess!

shanrickv

Climbed with my 11 year old son, JP. This was a deceivingly tough climb and easily the longest 2 miles that I have done in Colorado. We would have been totally lost without my compass and topo map. A GPS would have been great.
Posted Jan 23, 2005 9:13 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Open Space Route Date Climbed: Late August 2004  Sucess!

csmcgranahan

The trail was rather steep and loose and not easy to make out in places which makes for a great time if you are ready for a challenge! If you are not ready for a real workout, stay home. Make sure you pay attention on the way up to aid in your descent as all three people I know that have summited got disoriented on the way down.
Posted Nov 13, 2004 9:53 am

ashumackRoute Climbed: Open Space Route Date Climbed: October 8, 2004  Sucess!

ashumack

This was my second time up this cool mountain, and I must say much easier than last time (in November '03). The views on the summit were incredible as usual, and the weather held up great.
Posted Nov 1, 2004 10:53 pm

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