|Cami with the Gore Range in the distance|
Mt. Ida (12,880 ft.) is a fun, gentle mountain along the continental divide in Rocky Mountain National Park with great views all around. There are many areas in RMNP that we have yet to explore. This one was up on the western side of Trail Ridge Road starting at the Milner Pass trailhead.
|Mt. Ida (I think the one on the right) from Trail Ridge Road|
|The famous Rock Cut photography location|
There was very little snow on the trail making this our first hike of the season with true summer conditions.
Our quick path to treeline was interrupted by a huge bull elk guarding the trail. We tried to yell at him and spook him away, but he had no intention of leaving. We decided it wise to leave the trail and hike around him through the trees.
|Bull elk stand off|
The entire hike above treeline follows a straight line along a long ridge to the summit. The alpine wildflowers were beginning to bloom.
|Looking north toward the Mummy Range|
|Cami hiking toward one of the false summits. Cami loves false summits!|
|The Never Summer Range - Prints available|
|Nearing the summit|
|Longs and friends to the south|
|Mt. Julian and Azure Lake from the summit - Prints available|