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The Hike to the Summit of Mt. Ida, a Hidden Gem in Rocky Mountain National Park

By: Emily Morris

Despite its less-than-13er status (12,880’), Mt. Ida stands out among the giants in Rocky Mountain National Park. Commonly named as one of the park’s best hikes, the Ida trail comes alive through its miles of views, vast tundra landscape, and herds of chirping marmots. Give it twenty minutes. That’s all you’ll need to find the first of many five-star vistas along the Mt. Ida trail.

Early risers chase the sunrise on Trail Ridge Road.

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A native claims his space for the morning sunbath.

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Just below treeline, views of the Never Summer Range begins to unfold

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Dramatic lighting lures hikers toward the distant peak.

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Mt. Ida finally reveals herself.

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Hikers find a scenic rest spot before the final push.

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Looking West from the summit, Grand Lake appears in the distance.

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Tarns dot the glacial landscape below Ida.

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Contemplation comes naturally on top of the world.

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The Never Summers beckon from the North.

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Bye, Mt. Ida. Hikers meander through Tundra flowers to begin the descent.

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