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Trail Features: Outstanding Panoramic Views mount-ida
Trail Location: Milner Pass
Roundtrip Length: 9.6 Miles
Trailhead Elevation: 10,759 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 2465 Feet
Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 514 Feet
Highest Elevation: 12,889 Feet
Trail Difficulty Rating: 14.53 (strenuous)
Parking Lot Latitude 40.4203
Parking Lot Longitude -105.8114
One of the easier peaks to access along the Continental Divide, Mt Ida (12,880ft) is a choice spot to enjoy a prolonged top-of-the-world feeling and monumental views in all directions. Perhaps because it is on the western side of the park, this is a relatively unknown summit and an excellent place to escape the crowds along Trail Ridge Road. Indeed, most of the drivers across the valley will be craning their necks in admiration of the ridge you’re about to ascend.
This is a relatively gradual ascent, following the Continental Divide Trail past miniature alpine wildflowers (whose roots extend six feet below ground) all the way to the summit. The last stretch is a clamber through boulder fields and past a few false peaks – the reward is soon to come, with a sheer drop-off on the eastern side of the ridge that looks down upon a string of icy-blue alpine lakes.
Trailhead: Milner Pass
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Total Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 2122ft
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