Hiking with kids in Colorado is always an adventure. Today we broke all of our rules by a) not bringing enough water for the adults (the kids each had their own water bottles), b) going right before nap time, and c) we didn’t have snacks! Real life- one of the boys had tantrums on the way up, the other on the way down.
Blodgett Peak Open Space is located on the west side of Colorado Springs and easily accessible. There is a small parking lot plus I noticed several cars parked along the street. To get there take Woodmen Road to the end (past Woodman Valley Chapel, through the Peregrine neighborhood). The parking lot is right at the base of the mountain with a visible sign.
We had read that it was a fairly short hike (about 2 miles round trip) so we attempted this hike thinking we would be done in no time at all. But then I remember that kids are slow and want to stop at every little thing along the way. The journey is really the adventure. For most of the hike we took the main Blodgett Trail (which is the service road).
Peregrine Trail is shorter which we took for a short time, however it was very icy and snowy and there was no way we were going back down that way. At the ‘top’ of the trail there is a green water tower (my oldest son’s favorite color so he was very excited about that).
There are several spectacular views of Colorado Springs from several points along the Blodgett Trail. The trail is at a steep incline but both boys (ages 4 and 3) were able to go up and down with no issues.
I had the baby in the Ergo the entire time. The main Blodgett Trail is stroller accessible (with a jogging stroller, I would not take my basic Graco stroller). The scenery is beautiful and I would recommend the Blodgett Peak Open Space hike as a kid-friendly hike (if prepared, see above).
Location: 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80905