Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mt. Ida - July, 2017

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 and friends from Trail Ridge Road
Mt. Ida (I think the one on the right) from Trail Ridge Road

Rock Cut photography location along Trail Ridge Road with Longs Peak
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.

Alpine sunflowers

Looking north toward the Mummy Range on a hike of Mt. Ida
Looking north toward the Mummy Range

Cami hiking toward one of the false summits.  Cami loves false summits!

The Neversummer mountain range in Rocky Mountain National Park panorama
The Never Summer Range - Prints available

a marmot along our hike on the continental divide to Mt. Ida

Nearing the summit

Mt. Ida with wildflowers in Rocky Mountain national Park Colorado

Longs and friends to the south

summit view of Mt. Ida with Mt. Julian and Azure Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Mt. Julian and Azure Lake from the summit - Prints available

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