Climbed this mountain many times now. Good if you're looking for a quick, hard workout.
Finally bagged this peak. A sign below the false summit remembers a young man who died climbing this mountain. Always a reminder to maintain awareness, even on smaller summits like Blodgett.
Great views from the true summit. A nice rocky area to picnic for lunch. Unfortunately tons of flies on a warm summer day
After the first 1/2 mile it seems everyone takes their own route up. I stayed left of the boulder field and crossed north at the "Rest stop overlook". Stayed left of the next boulder field to the summit.
Thanks to all previous contributors. It helped a lot finding my way.
For the record. Wintry and cloudy day. From the parking lot on Woodmen, your goal is the attractive cone to the right (North) and you will approach up the valley to the left. The water tank is simple enough to find, and you set off up the path to it's left. Immediately the paths split and curve, but keep heading in the right direction and it will come good in the end. I took advice and followed the creek all the way to a waterfall/cascade. I crossed but continued up the valley. Above and the the right are steep cliffs, your goal is to continue until the leftmost end of the cliffs. The trail starts to descend (pretty much for the first time ever) and is marked by a couple of cairns, follow for a short way, then turn right up a wide boulder field valley which leads up to a boulder chute between the end of the cliffs and an outcrop. The chute has cairns all the way up till you hit the ridge, v strenuous, wear good boots. Turn right at the ridge for a short push to the pleasing cairn at the summit. 1h50. 4.1km.
Got lost at a boulder field. Didn't look familiar (climbed this mountain at least 16 times). Followed a faint trail up the front side to summit, not sure where I went wrong. The summer's rain made this real hard. LOTS of loose rock and dirt. Big rocks too. Good thing I was the only one on the mountain. Could have killed someone w/ my avalanches.
Lost the trail at the boulder field but had a very enjoyable scramble to the peak
Lots of social trails going up through scree and loose gravel/sand to the north (hiker's right) of the drainage. Stay left of the creek all the way up the drainage to the small cliff with a waterfall. Here the trail turns right and follows the base of the cliff band skirting around it. I did a 3rd/4th class variation up through the broken blocks a little right of center on the cliff band that was much more interesting than the steep and slippery scree trail. The rest of the route is on much better trail.
If I had a dollar for every time I hiked this one i'd have close to $15. Always a different route up and down. Love it.
...or at least a trail, nearly all the way up.
Third time up managed to get "off trail" going both up and down with Dave. B.
Done it many times, never the same route.
Hiked with my friend Tracy. We probably parked in the wrong place, as we ended up hiking 2.5 miles before we even got to the canyon. Seems like we should've been able to park near the Air Academy High School and cut at least 2 miles off each way. Ended up taking the Falcon Trail to Trail 713 up to the water tank. Took the ridge all the way to the top. Have read lots of trip reports where people had a hard time finding the airplane wreckage, but we found it easily taking this route. Lots of cairns along the way to the top, but as long as you skirt the ridge, you can't get lost. Found it amazing that on a warm, beautiful Sunday morning, we didn't run across one other person. Round trip was 8.4 miles. Beautiful canyon, beautiful peak, beautiful day.
For whatever reason this extreme cardio workout kicked my butt! The bummer part is that due to an approaching lightening storm we didn't get to spend any time on the summit :-(
Scrambled up/down the boulder fields instead of dealing with the scree. A nice hike! Guess I'll have to do UN9500' next time too.
After doing three other unranked peaks nearby, I made the short climb up to this summit from the saddle, before heading back down the steep trail to the BPOS trailhead. Actually my third climb of this peak.
I decided to locate the plane wreckage along the north ridge. I parked at the West Monument Creek TH (Trail 713) below the gate to the filtration plant. There is a decent trail up the north ridge that I was able to follow with snow. Coordinates of the wreckage are 38.96352N and 104.90998W at an elevation of 8580' just below the ridge on the east side. It's a steep grunt to the summit from there.
Followed the trail down to the saddle on the south side an continued over to soft ranked 9500D to the s.w. Descended the standard route down to 7900' and followed the trail and an academy jeep road to complete a nice loop. Had to bushwack a bit at the end to stay east of the filtration plant. Excellent loop hike!
Steep. From the AFA, north ridge route (see topo). 9.7 miles RT, 4000' gain, 4 hours. I also recommend hitting UN9500, a soft ranked peak just to the SW of Blodgett.
My son and I were on this adventure to climb Ormes and Blodgett. The trip was an uneventful ridge hike northeast to Blodgett. The 9500 ridge point was more interesting than Blodgett but of course the views of the plains is always a treat in the Rampart Range.
The wife and I headed up to Blodgett Peak on a beautiful April day. The trail was snow free even though there were plenty of snow drifts still lingering in the valley. The views on top are the best from any Colorado Springs peak that we have seen to date.
First calendar winter ascent and 7th overall. Took advantage of the time change and did it after work. Topped out at 7:15pm with hokiejim and enjoyed the city lights for a few minutes before heading down the bobsled run. Went down the trail in the drainage instead of zigging across the face on the way down. Still took a couple wrong turns on the way up. 2nd most climbed peak in CO for me next to Pikes. Never gets old.