Remnants of the Waldo Canyon Fire are visible from the trail.
Built with little fan fare or attention, and not readily visible, the West Woodmen Trail (not to be confused with the "Woodmen Trail") is a nice trail that can join up with trails in the Blodgett Open Space to create some nice loop hikes.
The West Woodmen trailhead is at Blodgett Ranch Trail and West Woodmen Road, near where West Woodmen Road becomes Centennial Drive. Unfortunately, you can't park anywhere near the trailhead, since there are no parking signs on Blodgett Ranch Trail and also bike lanes on West Woodmen Road. The nearest parking is about 1000-feet away on Sawback Trail.
Blodgett Peak Open Space is marred by having the worst maps and signage in the Colorado Springs Park system. Both the map posted at its parking lot and online are devoid of any trail names or mileages, and it doesn't appear that they show all the trails. Those maps will be of little use in finding your way around, and that's where this slideshow comes in.
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