Mount Ida Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible from May until September.
very nice hike, 5 stars for the views, 4 stars for the trail which is barely/not visible on the last few hundred meters. it took us appr. 2.5 hours to get to the top and 2 hours back down. avoid thunderstorms, the weather changes very rapidly. we started at 8am and blue sky, 4 hours later it rained.
Great diversity in terrain. Saw elk, wildflowers and amazing views. Started at Lake Poudre, stay on main path towards right top where it splits.
Beautiful. Longer than stated. Very few switchbacks.
It's fantastic! I enjoy the hiking in Mt Ida.
Started this hike around 8am - The trail was easy to find, even in the boulder field. No snow right now except for a small bank right before you leave treeline, which can easily be sidestepped. Extremely windy and steep at parts but absolutely gorgeous! Definitely worth it. Note: When you reach a fork in the trail around 2.5 miles in, bear right. The cairn is missing.
Fairly steep at the beginning but then mellows out above tree line as it opens up to incredible views.
Fantastic hike. Incredible views make this physical hike worth every minute of it. Navigating the boulder field can be tricky, it's easy to lose the trail, but keep an eye out for cairns to guide the way. No snow, but It was windy and very cool. Bring layers.
Hike was awesome. I found it to be a somewhat difficult hike in places but worth every step!
This was one of the best hikes I've ever done. Because of some fallen trees that blocked view of the trail, we ended up hiking to the Alpine visitor center, then backtracked and found our way up to Mt. Ida. It was tiring because of our lostness and mistake, but so worth it. We saw tons of mountain sheep/rams whichever you prefer. It wasn't easy, but wasn't the most difficult. The views at the top are spectacular and highly recommended to anyone considering this hike. If the conditions stay the same, be careful not to lose the trail in the first .5 mile, because we were not the only ones who made the mistake. About 4 other groups of people made the same mistake because of the current conditions.
I've done the Mount Ida Trail 1.5 times, under different circumstances. The first day we brought a mixed group of people who did not make it to the summit. The hike is challenging and during the first attempt we lost the trail. The next day we came back and did reach the summit (which is very beautiful). I got the feeling like this trail is one less traveled, but it is a great alpine hike.