Mount Ida

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Mount Ida

Mount Ida Professional Review and Guide

"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
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS Fall River Pass; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018