Mount Ida Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews
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Mount Ida Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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6 days ago

Completed on 8/4. Most beautiful hike I've seen in the park... views the entire hike. First mile is toughest in climbing.
The boulders in the last mile or so are no joke. Try to go a little further to the grass area before climbing up. Just pick a route and go up to the summit, it's difficult to follow the cairns. Saw bighorn sheep, deer, pikas, and a lot of marmots. Look at the rocks around 1.5 mile in... marmot colonies.

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10 days ago

By far the prettiest and most scenic hike I've done in RMNP. Not too challenging with changing views the whole way. Get started early to see the sun rise over the Never Summer Mountains.

10 days ago

The best hike in the park! Incredible views! Tough first mile...straight up, but worth it! Saw Moose and elk along the way.

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10 days ago

Ssshhh... don't tell anyone that this is hidden gem on the west side of RMNP. Fair amount of work to get up from Milner Pass trailhead, but very worth it.

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23 days ago

Awesome hike. Great views.

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23 days ago

Tough - especially through the rock fields, but definitely worth the effort - DON'T give up!
GORGEOUS 360 views at the top
Marmots to greet you along the way
We lucked out and saw 2 big horn sheep.
8:30-3:30 with long stop at the top
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!!!

28 days ago

Completed 7/22. Showing up to the parking lot after a late start around 8:30 am I was able to grab the last spot. No snow on the trails. No easy way to get up the boulder field that fills the last 1.5 ish miles. Wear sunscreen- no tree cover!

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30 days ago

After an initial ~1.5 mile steep trek to get above tree line, the remainder of the route is pure alpine tundra beauty paralleling the continental divide ridge with limited incline. Full panorama views of the Never Summer Range to the west and all the glory of RMNP peaks, lakes, and snow fields to the north and east. There aren't many hikes in RMNP that can beat this experience for the level of effort required. This is a perfect hike for acclimating while not sacrificing on views and experience...there's a reason Ida is consistently rated among the top hikes in RMNP!

Completed on 7/15 the route was snow free but with plenty of views showing large melting snowfields, steep cliffs, and cascading water still in full swing. Started at 5 AM on a Saturday and had the trail and summit all to myself except for one other thru hiker. I took my time coming back down to enjoy the majesty of the view northeast between Ida and 12,150. Took an inordinate amount of pictures from here, of which none do it justice of course. Although this side of the park is less frequented, as others have said by the time I got back to the trailhead around 2 PM the place was packed with a queue of cars waiting for spots. Strange to be jockeying for parking on a trail that is predominantly above tree line right when thunderstorms are building, but hey so is life of the masses in RMNP.

Saw a young bull moose at Poudre Lake the evening prior while scouting the Milner Pass trailhead, but otherwise only marmots and pika.

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