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WalkoutnowPerfect day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2017


Quick trip for labor day weekend. Estes park and RMNP is such a great area. Ida has panoramic views all the way up from above tree line. Very moderate trek up, lots of flat areas. Nice exposure and drops from the summit, plenty of seats for comfy relaxation and great views.
Posted Sep 6, 2017 9:47 pm

chicagotransplantRidge Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2013


Started at Timber Lake TH, hiked to the valley separating Jackstraw and Ida and bushwhacked to treeline, then traversed Ida, Chief Cheley, PT 12820 and Cractop to Julian. Lots of scrambling and interlocking grass ledges from Cractop to Julian, fun stuff! Also climbed Jackstraw and Gray Jay on the way down, long day! Lots of wildlife: elk, deer, moose and bighorn all present today!
Posted Sep 30, 2013 11:10 am

jczogFOG!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2013


Incredible fog with visibility of only a dozen or so meters helped me to veer off onto the eastern spur. This made for a long day of bushwacking across the feeders for the Big Thompson and back up to the Mt. Ida Trail.....ouch! Lots of wildlife down there though, bull moose, bull elks with huge racks, a few groups of bighorn sheep rams, ptarmigans, and all the other tundra buddies.
Posted Jul 30, 2013 10:54 pm

Snidely WhiplashFrom Milner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2000

Snidely Whiplash

Beautiful tundra hike. Easy, spectacular summit. What else could one ask for?
Posted Jul 10, 2013 11:36 am

jfulcherfrom Milner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2011


with in-laws.
Posted May 14, 2013 2:04 pm

fox045crazy coyotes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2011


Went to Arrowhead with Steve & Bergstrom. Tracy packed in whishy to us. We hit Ida on the way out. Saw the crazy coyotes run up a snow field.
Posted Dec 3, 2012 10:27 pm

BergerFrom Arrowhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2011


Some amazing fishing in Arrowhead followed with a great summit.
Posted Nov 4, 2012 1:08 am

Foxy Long BottomsMilner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2016

Foxy Long Bottoms

8/14/16 With Cheely and Cracktop

7/24/16 We were headed for the trifecta(Ida, Cheeley, Cracktop). Clouds rolled in fast after descending to the Ida/Cheeley saddle. It was hard to turn around. Good judgement prevailed over ego.

August 17, 2011 Milner Pass to Arrowhead Lake and back up to Ida's summit.
Posted Aug 17, 2011 7:24 pm

REMFrom Milner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 1999
Climbed with Robert "Bob" Davidson.
Posted Jun 25, 2011 8:20 pm

heather14Beautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010


Did the cirque from Ida to Terra Tomah. Windy, but beautiful September day. I would do this again just for the solitude.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 12:39 am

jczogFantastic Hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2010


Wonderful hike with incredible views. Tundra access is quick, flowers are beautiful, and wildlife (Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Marmots, Pikas, Ptarmigans) was plentiful. Take heed of the summer storms and begin descents as soon as the dark clouds appear over the Never Summer Range.
Posted Aug 3, 2010 2:54 pm

CSUMarmotFrom Milner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008


Its a nice mountain, but the weather made me litterally turn around in a minute, no pictures or nothing. Watch those rocks though, Ive known them to do some ankle snappin'
Posted Aug 1, 2010 10:53 pm

Bill ReedVia Milner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2010

Bill Reed

Fortunate to have good weather, great views and lots of Big Horn scattered about. For me, a very long walk- 9 hours!!
Posted Jul 22, 2010 9:42 pm

Kanetundra world
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009


Easy slog from Milner Pass.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 8:12 pm

ash80Ida  Sucess!


Wanted to do about 4 or 5 peaks that day but had back problems so just did Ida.
Posted Feb 22, 2009 5:08 am

JoeyBagoDonutsHappy Halloween!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2008


Wonderful secluded walk on the Continental Divide.
Posted Nov 4, 2008 6:01 pm

coljaymsMilner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2004


Did this one with my dad and younger brother.
Posted Oct 31, 2008 12:24 pm

argothorIda and Chief Cheley from Milner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


Beautiful day, amongst beautiful scenery. Started at Milner Pass, summitted Ida and then dropped down into the saddle between Ida and Chief Cheley and then summited Cheley. Planned on heading to Cracktop, Julian and Terra Tomah but the weather was looking a bit iffy and one of the group was a bit overwhelmed by the downclimb off of Ida, so given that continuing onward would have been more difficult than what we just did, we returned the way we came. Snowed a bit on the way back to Milner Pass. Great views. I'm heading back someday!
Posted Sep 22, 2008 2:31 pm

DayHikerJrMilner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008
A few weeks ago Daddy brought me to the ~11920-foot summit of Charleston Peak, the highest mountain in any direction for over 134 miles. But I wanted to go higher! So Mommy and Daddy brought me to Colorado, and I got to summit Mount Ida, my first mountain over 12000 feet! I made Daddy carry me because I am only 10 1/2 months old, and I can't walk yet.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 6:35 am

Day HikerMilner Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008

Day Hiker

It is interesting to read the summit logs from 3 or 4 weeks ago, as we had absolutely no snow on or near the trail. I hiked this in the afternoon with my wife, and I carried DayHikerJr, age 10 1/2 months, for his first summit over 12000 feet.

It's nearly impossible to get an early start with a 10-1/2-month-old, and with the one-hour drive from Estes Park, we were guaranteed to have an afternoon hike, closely watching the monsoon-season Colorado skies. Near the summit, we had some light rain and then brief light hail, but no nearby thunder until about 20 minutes after we had left the summit. We were glad to be off the summit and down away from the high part of the ridge when the thunder rumbled overhead, but we were not completely safe. The main page is definitely right about there being absolutely no cover on the entire upper part of the trail.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 4:11 am

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