Blodgett Peak at 9423 feet is one of the taller peaks within the Rampart Range, which runs from just north of Pikes Peak up towards Denver. Blodgett is just northwest of Colorado Springs and we decided to climb it today as part of our weekly CRUD long run. This would normally be a slippier proposition this time of year, but we have had a very dry winter so far.
We started at the Woodmen trailhead in Colorado Springs and headed 2 miles north on the Santa Fe trail. At Ice Lake, we headed west and followed some Air Force Academy dirt roads towards the base of Blodgett.
It is hard to tell with no leaves, but this scrub is actually a version of Oak tree called Gambling Oak. It grows on open slopes that have lots of sun exposure.
The trail gains about 2500 feet in 2 miles, so it is quite steep in places.
At about 8800 feet, we finally get off the arid eastern slope into a more alpine environment.
Rick getting close to the top.
Tara on the top.
Rick pointing out where he took a dump on the way up.
CRUD Group Shot
We came across this very cool ice in a creek on the Stables trail. It reminds me of wood grain going all different directions.
After the top, we split up into two groups for the return trip. There is an old airplane crash nearby that some went to check out, while the others cruised down to the Falcon trail and then back to Woodmen. All in all a nice run interrupted with a beautiful hike up Blodgett.