The Spirit of the Rockies
Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
Mount Ida
The summit of Mount Ida is
along the Continental Divide
on the western slope of
Rocky Mountain National
Park. The remote summit
can be most easily reached
from a trail leading southeast
from Milner Pass, but is also
commonly reached from an
unmarked route leading from
the Timber Lake area.
Distance: 5.5 miles one-way

Summit elevation: 12,880 feet

Trailhead elevation: 10,578 feet

Net elevation gain: 2,112 feet

Milner Pass Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park
North Face of Mount Ida
Major Trail Landmarks
Junction of Trails to Forest Canyon Pass and Mount Ida (0.8 miles one-way from trailhead)
Principal Destinations Near Mount Ida
Chief Cheley Peak (5.9 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unimproved trail beyond Mount Ida
Timber Lake (6.8 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unimproved trail from Mount Ida
Backcountry Campsites Near Mount Ida
There are no designated campsites along this trail; nearest sites are along the Timber Lake Trail.
The Trailheads at Milner Pass provide access to the Milner Pass, Forest Canyon Pass, and Poudre Valley
Trails. Milner Pass is on the continental divide along Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road), about 17 miles
north of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Parking for the Milner Pass Trail is on the south end of Poudre
Lake, and parking for Poudre Valley Trail is across from the lake on the west side of the road.

To reach Mount Ida from the Milner Pass area, hike to the south end of Poudre Lake, and take the trail
which strikes steeply uphill southeast of the pass and lake. Follow the trail for about 0.8 miles to a junction.
The main trail heads northeast from this junction toward Forest Canyon Pass; to reach Mount Ida, leave
the main trail at this point and take the unmaintained trail that leads southeast. Continue for a brief stretch
to timberline, and follow the trail as it leads southeast along the tundra slopes toward Mount Ida. The
narrow trail eventually fades out among rocks as it approaches the summit; continue in the same southeast
heading to reach the summit. The summit can also be reached from a more difficult and unmarked route
from Timber Lake, by hiking southeast of the lake to the saddle between Timber and Julian Lakes. From
this saddle, hike the fairly steep grade toward the northeast to the summit of Mount Ida.
Sample photographs of the hike to M ount Ida
Sunrise on Mount Nimbus from above Milner Pass
View of Never Summer Range from the trail
Looking south from the summit
View of the Gorge Lakes from the summit
Mount Ida topographic map
Principal summer trail marked by solid red line; unmaintained trail or route marked by dashed red line.
Map is oriented with north to the top of the map
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