Mount Ida Trail

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Mount Ida Trail is a 9.2 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.

Distance: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,375 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no shade

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

While for some it could be a beautiful hike, this was not a hike meant for me. It features steep drop-offs, 4-4.5 constant hours worth of 30+ mph wind, and a 1.5 mile long unmarked rock scramble. The trail has spectacular views and the summit offers a panoramic view that is second to none but neither my father and I could enjoy it with the conditions. There were ptarmigan, pika, and marmot along the way which offered a glimpse of happiness in the face of blistering wind. If you can tolerate the wind and heights, then I would have no problem recommending this hike, but it was not for me. The length of the hike is enough to feel accomplished by the end, but not too long to where you lose functionality. It wasn’t technically difficult either, the rock scramble is easy to get lost at, but just keep your head up and you’ll make your own route that’ll work just fine. I wish I could rate this as highly as everyone else, but this is based off of my experience.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Beautiful views! The wind was RELENTLESS! Please bring plenty of layers for drastic changes in weather! At the top and for about 2/3 of the way back down, I had base, hooded sweatshirt, down jacket and rain jacket with hood. It can get very cold, wet and windy very quickly - just be prepared! It was a tough hike, but very rewarding! Saw some massive bull elk, fawns, mule deer bucks, and tons of pika and marmots!

hiking
4 days ago

Stunning views for almost the entire hike, but the 360 degree view of the park at the summit was worth the fairly strenuous 5 miles up. Windy and sunny, as you’re exposed most of the way up and down the mountain. Beautiful wildflowers. Saw huge elk, deer with big antlers, some moose, and cute marmots.

hiking
5 days ago

Challenging hike. Great views. Snow. Scrambling near end. Very windy!

hiking
5 days ago

Trail conditions are great. Third time doing this hike. Conditions on the ridges are very windy at the moment but other than that everything was in perfect condition. Bring PLENTY of water and food.

hiking
6 days ago

Wow! Long trail. Very, very windy! Diverse terrain. Awesome though.

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome hike with breathtaking views. Must do.

hiking
7 days ago

IMPOSSIBLE to see the trail. Keeps meandering and branching off. We had to turn around bc we couldn't find which way to go. Not well maintained, that's for sure. Pretty views tho

Not sure what the loop on this map was??? It’s an out and back trail. Went to the peak! Great hike!

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing hike. Take some breaks and you’ll do fine. Bring a nice wind breaker.

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rocky
10 days ago

Long hike. Started at 7:30, few spaces left. Trail disappears near the top. Good wildlife in the AM.

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome hike, but just about killed me. I live near Dallas and arrived here on Aug 3, and hiked trail on Aug 7, so I'd have time to acclimate. Did moderate and easy hikes on the proceeding days and had zero issues, but Mt Ida was more than I was expecting (and i was expecting a lot). Arrived at Millner Pass trailhead at 7:30am and didn't finish hike until about 4pm (spent an hour at summit). I've read reviews saying the first mile is the most difficult, and while it is hard, think the last part is the hardest. You have a steep incline up a hill of rocks combined with an exposed trail that seems to go on forever. The trail can be hard to follow thru the rock hill but keep an eye out for multiple cairns that keep you on the best path. We saw multiple pikas, yellow bellied marmots, deer, and big horned sheep (close to the summit). I'm so glad i didnt give up and made it to the summit as the view was spectacular! All in all was a great. My serious recommendations: 1. start early! parking lot fills up around 7:30am plus you dont want to be on exposed trail during afternoon storms. 2. if new to altitude, acclimate for as many days as possible before hiking. 3. see how tired you get on a moderate hike, then double it to understand how you'll feel after doing Mt Ida. 4. dress warm, take a rain jacket, sunscreen (most of hike you'll be exposed to the sky), and bring extra water.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Beautiful to get to the overlook of the seven lakes. Been a year of anticipation to see them from the other side of old trail rd. Had lunch right above the snow embankment

hiking
16 days ago

Great time today on Ida. Started at 2:00 and finished at ~ 6:15 Parking was full but we grabbed a spot down the road. Trails were in great shape with very little mud. Saw less than 20 people on the trail once we were out ~ 1.5 miles Several bull elk right along the path which was a treat. I am a first time hiker and live at 800’ so it was definitely a challenge. The last mile was a bit tricky as we followed a very light trail on the high side (left) which took us through lots of rocks. On the way down we found the more prominent path which was lower down the grade and provided a much easier descent. Definitely recommend!

hiking
16 days ago

Best view at the park

hiking
18 days ago

The climbs were really hard for me but so worth it!

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail! High alpine meadow for most and saw big horn sheep! Start early as you are exposed on the ridge line for most of it and thunderstorms come in VERY fast in RMNP.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked this morning 7/28, was exceptionally beautiful due to an inversion in the park - hiking through clouds is always such a fun and surreal experience! Saw quite a few bull elk, baby bighorn sheep, and marmots. Trail is now free of snow but still quite muddy below treeline, was certainly easier to follow than it had been a few weeks ago. was quite crowded on the way down around 10am. passed four different parties traveling with blaring bluetooth speakers, annoying to say the least and was sad to see it scare off some elk that had been resting by the trail. You’re visiting their home, be a respectful guest or stay at your own.

Hiked this trail again yesterday. This is a great little 9+ mile scramble to a summit just barely under 13. There was a little mud on lower section, but nothing to worry about. The water below Mount Ida is this crazy icy blue color - amazing! Be careful to stay to the right on descent - it's easy to get too far left and then have to backtrack on very rocky terrain. As others have said, hit the trail early to avoid afternoon storms. Hail arrived just shortly after we had finished the hike. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
no shade
30 days ago

Excellent trail. Tried to reach the summit (starting Late in the afternoon) but had to turn back halfway because the wind around 4PM was very bad. But even till the mid-point it was a vary pleasant hike with great views.

hiking
rocky
30 days ago

Started at 6:15 this morning, and the weather was perfect all the way to the summit! As mentioned, the rocky terrain on the last mile or so can make navigation a little tricky, but there are plenty of cairns to help stay on track. Trekking poles definitely helped but are not essential. Would certainly recommend an early start to stay ahead of adverse weather. Saw plenty of pika, marmots, and elk including a HUGE 12 or 14 point buck! Gorgeous hike with views that are hard to beat.

hiking
1 month ago

Finished the trail in around 3-4 hours. Parking was a bit of an issue after arriving at 9am. At this time there was no snow on the trail at all, but there was a little bit of mud in certain areas. Couple of false summits and rough rocky navigation towards the summit but overall amazing hike. But crowded for a 9-10 mile hike. Great views once past the tree line, and at the summit of Ida looking down there is an amazing view in every direction. You can see Longs Peak, a couple of lakes, and other mountains as well. Highly recommend!

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

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