Mount Ida

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Mount Ida

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"One of the most accessible high peaks in the park with a very high trailhead, this is a mountaineering experience and summit climb that can be accomplished with much less exertion than most. You will enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view from the top and the nonstop views along the way."

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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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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
2,110 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
10,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park
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