Every time I've summitted, it has been a little different. The first time I snowshoed most of the way to the summit without following a trail (basically just going straight up). The second time I took my family and friends up the trail...which made things much easier! The final time I climbed was on route to Bear Lake.
12/21/2003: Day 3 of a Rocky Mountain National Park traverse from Cameron Pass to Grand Lake.
Beautiful day. Climbed Ida on Continental Divide ridge traverse between Milner Pass and Bear Lake. Think we saw pksander and Fabio in saddle between Ida and Chief Cheley, but didn't know (who) until I read this summit log just now.
Climbed Mount Ida and Chief Cheley Peak with Fabio on a beautiful September day. Cold in the mountains at our 5 a.m. start and a great hike to the summit of Ida and then down the steep ridge to the saddle and up Chief Cheley. A long and fun day.
5 hours to top, primarily due to a 50 lb. six-year old daughter who needed to be carried most of the way, and then an overzealous ram bighorn who stood in our way near the start of the boulder hopping. After he laid down for awhile and then turned around, we could resume our climb past 3 or 4 false summits to the top. After lunch, a nice return to the pass after a few snowflakes and raindrops at the top.
20 miles round trip- after summiting Mount Ida, we went for a little "off-road excursion!" We descended down the slopes to TOUCH all of the Gorge Lakes: Azure, Highest (this was my first time climbing scree- I was actually quite scared, I laugh at that now!), Inkwell, (yeah, ever cling to a rockface wall with a lake below you?!), Arrowhead, Doughnut, & Loves Lakes. We then begun the long UP and DOWN treck through Forrest Canyon, back to our start. From dawn 'till dusk... ended the last hour of the hike with one shoe off (blisters- don't get them anymore with my new awesome Merril boots!:-) The Lakes are AMAZING- each are unique and different in color- I've hiked most of the lakes now in RMNP, and these are by far my favorite. Do this hike, it's incredible! (You can do the Milner Pass trail and just "look" at the lakes.... but how fun is that?!:-)
Good hike and was proved to be an elusive summit. Clouds limited visibility to around 100 yds. on the ascent and lifted about a mile or so into the descent.
Nice scramble, got stuck in some thick brush at one point, but the meadows and views above were spectacular.
Eric J Lee
Nice climb, part of a 4 day Continental DIvide traverse from Milner Pass to Bear Lake.
Yes, Mt. Ida is a lovely and easy tundra walk. The day I summited we turned it into one of my longest and toughest days in RMNP! The recipe: park one car at Milner Pass, the other at Forest Canyon Overlook. After climbing Ida walk the divide to climb Chief Cheley Peak, then drop down into the often seen but rarely visited Gorge Lakes cirque.
Make your way down into Forest Canyon, cross the Big Thompson River, then climb and climb up to the Overlook. At one point on the descent we nearly used our short length rope to rappel a short section, but then found a way around on a narrow ledge. We went in this direction to avoid afternoon thunderstorms on the divide. It's a good idea to take a compass bearing on the overlook destination parking lot before you drop into the dense Forest Canyon.
Don't plan on being home for dinner!
Nice tundra walk. A lot of wildlife. It's a pretty easy stroll, and has wonderful views into Forest Canyon.