Mount Ida

Estes Park, Colorado

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The route up Mount Ida breaks out of magnificent subalpine forest onto wideopen alpine tundra, following the Continental Divide to gaze down ragged cliffs to Gorge Lakes. Along the Continental Divide in Milner Pass, a roadside sign at the southwest end of Poudre Lake explains the Divide. A few yards away, the trail up Mount Ida begins a twisting climb, never straying far from the Divide on the way to the summit. Magnificent subalpine forest carpeted with frequent patches of light blue Jacob’s ladder lines the trail as it twists and turns to meet the trail coming down from Fall River Pass. Subalpine Jacob’s ladder is a bit smaller than its counterpart seen along trails in the East. The wildflower was named for the pairs of leaflets that resemble rungs along the midrib.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The route up Mount Ida breaks out of magnificent subalpine forest onto wideopen alpine tundra, following the Continental Divide to gaze down ragged cliffs to Gorge Lakes. Along the Continental Divide in Milner Pass, a roadside sign at the southwest end of Poudre Lake explains the Divide. A few yards away, the trail up Mount Ida begins a twisting climb, never straying far from the Divide on the way to the summit.

Magnificent subalpine forest carpeted with frequent patches of light blue Jacob’s ladder lines the trail as it twists and turns to meet the trail coming down from Fall River Pass. Subalpine Jacob’s ladder is a bit smaller than its counterpart seen along trails in the East. The wildflower was named for the pairs of leaflets that resemble rungs along the midrib.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 hours
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Fall River Pass; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ida

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