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Mount Ida Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 2,362 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow Closed No shade Fee No dogs
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Note: As of October 2020, this area is closed due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm Rocky Mountain National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. The trail starts along the Ute Trail from Poudre Lake/Milner Pass parking area. Rising rapidly in forest with occasional flights of stairs, Mt. Ida trail veers right (south) at marked trail junction. Traversing to the south and rising, trail passes a nearby viewpoint knob as it nears timberline and then makes a punishing turn directly uphill to rocks frequented by marmots. From here the trail is exposed and visible for great distances as it generally rises towards the top of a cliff ~2.8 miles from start. A brief descent to a saddle at 12,000' marks the end of the engineered trail; beyond this point routes are marked by cairns and patches of worn tundra. One variant stays near the ridgeline all the way to the summit. Another, generally easier variant veers off to the right near 12,335', starting as a fainter path compared to a more worn path rising uphill. the easier path contours to the middle of the northwest flank of Ida before turning uphill (left). Watch for this turn and a subsequent right turn (which is marked by a small barrier cairn); on the descent, watch for the right hand turn to the contouring section of the route (it is easy to overshoot and descend too far).

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Mike Barlotta
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extreme conditions so didn't make it to My Ida

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Beth Robinson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great hike! The wind though.....wow! It kicks your butt when you’re walking out in the open tundra! Recommend good hiking shoes, sunglasses and a gator. It took us (party of 6) about 7 hours round trip. We stopped a couple of times to eat/replenish. Highly recommend though!

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Jason gentile
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Well...for a 50 year old guy...this was an ass-kicker. In fact, we unofficially renamed this mountain Mt Ass-Kicker. Great trail with a fast switch-back incline, then miles of rolling tundra and big wind, finished with a 1/4 mile of pretty tough rock scramble. Would totally recommend but not an easy hike by any means.

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Tom Mueller
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Nick Gentile
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Tough hike. Lot harder than other reviews claim. First third and last third are steep, and that last third hurts with the 4 miles behind you. But the middle third is relatively flat and easy to navigate. Pretty rocky once above the tree-line. Be ready with good shoes. Overall, though, it was very much worth it. Breathtaking views that you just can’t get from driving Trail Ridge Road. Incredibly rewarding.

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Clay Robinette
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

This hike had incredible views nearly the whole hike once you get above tree line. Wind is brutal at times, so pack accordingly. If you are not acclimated to the elevation, I would suggest to hold off on this hike. It will punish you if you are not prepared. Be aware of the false summit. The real summit is farther along the trail. Overall fantastic hike!

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Aaron Hart
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Amanda Auen
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eliza crane
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Cassidy Justice
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the one word to describe this hike is WOW. views are amazing once you break above to treeline. be cautious of the wind, it was very strong for the entirety of the tundra/ summit (about 7 miles). we started the trail at 8am and reached the summit by 11am, total time is about 6 hours, including a few 15 minute breaks. the last hour is mainly bouldering, trail gets hard to read here but as long as you stick to the right of the large boulders you will reach the top. an absolute must do in rmnp!

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Jason J
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Max Feng
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Hands down the best hike I’ve ever done. The views were amazing on the hike and at the summit. It can be windy and cold so pack layers.

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Joe Konen
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Lots of smoke from wildfires. Didn’t summit out of fear it could catalyze storms and the view were already compromised.

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Annie Racine
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Wow, what a gorgeous hike! Ridge hiking 90% of the time with stunning views of the Rockies all around that rival views from our trip to Patagonia, and panoramic views at the summit. Many pika sightings near the top were a major highlight for our group (listen for their chirping to let you know when they’re out of their hiding spots). They’re adorable. We did the hike in about 5 hours, plus a ~30 min rest at the summit. We saw very few people on the trail and had the summit all to ourselves for a good chunk of time (we hiked on a Tuesday, starting the trail at 11am). The trail was super easy to follow until you hit the top, which was less well marked and tough to stay on the trail bc it’s so rocky (keep an eye out for cairns). Definitely windy and chilly - pack layers! The trail is also very exposed (hence the excellent views) so sun protection is a must. We loved this hike and highly recommend. We would consider doing again if there weren’t so many other hikes to choose from.

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Bryan Holekamp
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If you love hiking above the treeline and getting beautiful mountain views, then this trail is for you. You break treeline in less than a mile and have views of the mountains the rest of the way. The trail is mostly smooth and dirt until the last mile, where you will have to do several patches of rock scrambling. Don’t worry if you lose the main trail after a rock scramble - just keep going up. I was unable to follow the main trail (according to AllTrails) on both the way up and also the way down. But there are plenty of well-worn trails on both sides of the official trail that eventually meet up to the main trail. The parking lot is a bit small (about 20 spots), and I got the last spot around 10:30 AM. It was very crowded when I returned early afternoon with people parking alongside the road. There is a compost restroom at the trailhead.

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Juna Ly
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

This is a challenging hike, but so worth it if you’re looking for a challenge and a view of the mountains above the tree line. The elevation gain is pretty rough, and there are some very steep inclines the last 2 miles before reaching the summit. Once you pass through the tree line, it is VERY windy, especially at the summit. A windbreaker, gloves and a hat are necessary. There is a false summit before you reach mount Ida. The trail to Mount Ida is not well marked close to the summit. It will require some scrambling and getting through a rocky path to get to the summit.

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Ethan Conroy
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Nathan Hocker
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Andrey Chudnovskiy
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