***PARKING is limited. Please carpool****
Trail Name: Blodgett Trail, Hummingbird Trail, Ponderosa Trail
Location: Blodgett Peak Open Space
Trail Length: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 450ft
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Trail Map: Map with distances
Description: In 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire burned over 18,000 acres including National Forest, popular hiking trails, open spaces, and even housing developments. Blodgett Peak Open Space was one of those areas.
While only the far southwestern reaches of this open space were burned, the lasting effects of this fire can been seen along the trail. Even though the forest was greatly affected, signs of revegetation are everywhere. Pike National Forest which surrounds Blodgett Open Space on three sides still remains closed.
A wide flat gravel road leads us up a slight ascent along switchbacks and overlooks of the city, passing both establish and social trails. We'll take the Hummingbird Trail which parallels the fire boundaries, takes us to numerous rock outcroppings and then drops down a beautiful yet rocky single track trail back to the parking lot. Be on the lookout for wildflowers, woodland creatures, a small creek and lots of birds!
Remember: regardless of weather we will hike. There is no such thing as poor weather, only poor clothing choices. Remember to pack items you may need for a day hike including healthy snacks, water, sunscreen, a hat, jacket etc…Friendly dogs who clean up after themselves are allowed on this hike.
Directions to parking: From Colorado Springs, take I-25 north to the Garden of the Gods Exit. Exit west. Heading west, turn right at Centennial Boulevard. Head north on Centennial. After passing Vindicator Road, Centennial Boulevard will turn into Woodmen Road. Continue on Woodmen Road, Blodgett Peak Open Space will be on the left-hand side of the road. Map
Meetup location: Trailhead/gate near the parking lot