Hike to top of Mt. Ida, RMNP

  • September 6, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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Hike to the top of Mt. Ida (12,880 ft) on the Continental Divide from Milner Pass on the west side of Trail Ridge Road.  A majority of the hike is in the tundra above timberline. Nice views of the geography on the west side of RMNP and of the Gorge Lakes above Forest Canyon from the top.


Bring water and food: 2+ liters of water, plenty of snacks and a lunch to enjoy at the peak, and weather appropriate clothing.  Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, sturdy hiking boots, and trekking poles also recommended.  Current weather forecast is for partly sunny skies, light winds, and temps in the low 60's in the peak area. 40% chance of Tstorms after noon.


Total Hike distance: ~ 10.0 miles.

Trailhead Elevation: ~10,750 ft.

Max elevation: 12,880 ft.

Total climb: ~2400 ft.

Moderate pace (about 2 mph with rest stops). Hike should take about 6 hours plus 1 hour 45 minute drive each way to and from the trailhead. This is a difficult intermediate level hike.

Please read the hike description carefully and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (pace, expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, and max elevation).

No dogs allowed on RMNP trails.

Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting.  Five minute wait for no-shows.

We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.

Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.

Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require some physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning you require.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.


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  • Peggy


    September 7, 2013

  • Pete L.

    As always another great hike to a new location for me.

    September 6, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    Great hike with beautiful views A

    September 6, 2013

  • Sandy G.

    I can drive from Estes if needed. Should I meet you at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center? What time?

    September 5, 2013

    • Perry

      Sandy, Can you plan on driving? Mary just cancelled. I'll be bringing seven to the visitor center. Some can ride with you.

      September 5, 2013

    • Sandy G.

      Sure, no problem.

      September 5, 2013

  • Pete L.

    I will see you at Safeway.

    September 5, 2013

  • Perry

    Mary, can you drive? We'll meet Sandy Garcia up in Estes Park.

    September 4, 2013

    • Mary

      Yes, I can drive.

      September 4, 2013

  • Perry

    Those coming from Boulder and/or Denver area can meet the group at the Lyons PnR at 6:45 am.

    September 4, 2013

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