Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hiking Blodgett Peak (but not on the trail)

An say the least. So, what started out as a nice, little hike to the top of Blodgett peak at 9,423 ft., ended up being a long journey up a mountain with no trails. Rich decided to do the trail from The Academy. The trail was visible in the begining but soon proved to be lost under a blanket of snow. So Derek and Richard decided to just "make their way" up the Mountain. After 3.5 hours up. They Finally made it... but not directly, they peaked on two other Mts first. But eventually did get to their destination.
On the way they came across the wreckage of the old '44 airplane crash.

On the way down... They just sort of boot skied down dodging trees and boulders. Both Rich and Derek took on bruises and scars from this strenuous hike/boot ski down. Below you can see some of their tracks.
Here they are on the summit. They didn't even know what layed ahead. From this point they could spot the Dodge down on The AF Academy road below. This trail proved my more difficult than the Blogett open space trail. Next time we'll do that one.
There is a nice view of the city below.

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