Western Slope

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Route
Location:
Colorado, United States, North America
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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Western Slope
Created On: Oct 12, 2009
Last Edited On: Oct 12, 2009

Overview

Looking down the Western SlopeLooking 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 registerSummit cairn and register
Summit ridge of Blue MountainSummit 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 RouteClick map image to enlarge
  • 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 SlopeOutcrops 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






Western Slope

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