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Western Slope

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Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.92990°N / 105.3533°W

Object Title: Western Slope

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Short, easy Class 2 on faint footpath

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Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Oct 12, 2009 / Oct 12, 2009

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Overview

 
Looking down the Western Slope
Looking down the Western Slope


This is a short but pleasant route to the top of Blue Mountain. Those with a 4x4 can park less than ½ mile walking distance from the summit cairn. Surprisingly, a faint footpath charts a course from FS 244 right up the west slope of Blue Mountain, then along the summit ridge to the register jar. This would make a nice warm-up for a beginner off-trail navigator.

Roundtrip Mileage: 1 mile
Elevation Gain: 300 feet

Getting There

 
Summit cairn and register
Summit cairn and register
 
Summit ridge of Blue Mountain
Summit ridge of Blue Mountain
From FlorissantFrom Lake George
  • Less than 1 mile west of Florissant on Hwy 24, turn left/south on CR 46.
  • Follow CR 46 3-4 miles to CR 98.
  • About 1 mile past the junction of CR 98 and CR 61, turn right on FS 244.
  • Follow FS 244 a little more than a mile as it begins ascending the west slope of Blue Mountain, parking in a broad, flattish area before the road steepens.
  • In Lake George, turn left/southwest on CR 96.
  • At a little over 1 mile, take CR 61 due south.
  • CR 61 circles Blue Mountain to its east.
  • About 1 mile past the junction of CR 98 and CR 61, turn right on FS 244.
  • Follow FS 244 a little more than a mile as it begins ascending the west slope of Blue Mountain, parking in a broad, flattish area before the road steepens.


FS 244 is a surprisingly smooth, gentle 4x4 road, though you will be happy to have high clearance in dry conditions, even if 4-wheel drive is not needed. In wet conditions, however, do not proceed without a 4x4.

Route Description

Western Slope Route
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  • Continue on FS 244 as it steepens, taking care not to turn off on one of the spur roads.

  • To the south of a small mining shed, a casual use trail heads directly up the west slope of Blue Mountain.

  • Continue ascending the slope, scrambling up or by-passing a rock outcrop.

  • Upon gaining the ridge, a relatively well-defined use trail carries you south-southeast to the summit cairn and register jar.


Outcrops on Western Slope
Outcrops on Western Slope

Essential Gear

  • Trail map (Trails Illustrated #137 (Pikes Peak, Cañon City) would meet most needs)

  • Compass

  • Comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes

  • Snowshoes after a heavy snowfall

  • Water and snacks

  • A camera to save memories of the high country views

  • First aid kit

  • Other standard backcountry essentials

Images

Summit ridge of Blue MountainLooking down the Western SlopeSummit cairn and registerWestern Slope RouteBlue Mountain from FS 244Footpath up the Western SlopeOutcrops on Western Slope
Blue Mountain from CR 61