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.
|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.
There are 2 trip reports for Mount Ida.
- Log #17493 - by Jan Earnest on Aug 21, 2002My 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, 2002There 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...