Mount Ida

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This peak starts from the Milner Pass trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. It soon climbs above tree line. The sign at the beginning which says it is 4 miles to the summit is false. With the shortest climb, it is 5.8 miles from the trailhead to the summit. You have a trail until you reach the foot of Mount Ida, and from there you must scramble across fingers of talus and boulderfields to reach the summit. Be very cautious of thunderstorms - much of the trail is above tree line, very high, and exposed. The view from the summit is absolutely breathtaking.

Elevation (feet): 12,889
Elevation (meters): 3,929
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Front Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 40.3717
Longitude: -105.779
Difficulty: Walk Up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: DIA (Denver International)
Convenient Center: Estes Park / Grand Lake

Thanks to Nick Burkhart for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Mount Ida.

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  • Log #17493 - by Jan Earnest on Aug 21, 2002
    My husband and I climbed Mt. Ida on a whim. I know that sounds really dumb to an experienced hiker, but God does watch over fools. We started out intending on only go a short distance, but kept going...
  • Log #17494 - by Nick Burkhart on June 23, 2002
    There are countless false summits that lead you to believe that you are there - the trail has a constantly wonderful view to at least 1 side, but it is long, and somewhat discouraging as you make...