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.
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!
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.
Beautiful tundra hike. Easy, spectacular summit. What else could one ask for?
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.
Some amazing fishing in Arrowhead followed with a great summit.
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.
Climbed with Robert "Bob" Davidson.
Did the cirque from Ida to Terra Tomah. Windy, but beautiful September day. I would do this again just for the solitude.
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.
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'
Fortunate to have good weather, great views and lots of Big Horn scattered about. For me, a very long walk- 9 hours!!
Easy slog from Milner Pass.
Wanted to do about 4 or 5 peaks that day but had back problems so just did Ida.
Wonderful secluded walk on the Continental Divide.
Did this one with my dad and younger brother.
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!
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.
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.