Ascent of Mount Ida on 2014-09-01

Climber: Luke Mullen

Others in Party:Susan
Date:Monday, September 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Ida
    Elevation:12840 ft / 3913 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a long period where life kept getting in the way of what life is supposed to be (hiking mountains), finally got up one of RMNP's near-13er Divide summits. I insisted on a somewhat early start on this one, as storms can crop up out of nowhere in the afternoon, and the route up Ida is exposed for basically its entirety. The early part of the trail has washed out in numerous spots, and a NPS crew was on site to rebuild some sections that have become a muddy mess. Once out of the trees, we faced what would be an all-day annoyance: persistent, very strong winds. Neither of us were very well prepared for the wind, with my lack of gloves and no warm hat, and Susan didn't have her warmest clothes either. Luckily the skies were mostly clear throughout the day, so rain was not a factor. For most of the trek, the trail is obvious and well-marked, despite the warnings at the split from the Ute Trail 1/2 mile from the TH. Views of the Never Summers are breathtaking, as are those of the Gorge Lakes on the shoulder of Ida. I was somewhat surprised the number of people we encountered on the hike, even though it was Labor Day, as the trail is absent from any map, and is barely mentioned at the TH. Not that it was crowded, but I was prepared for maybe 3 other hikers, not a dozen. Still, a nice return to a proper mountain after an extended absence, but that wind really, really sucked.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3839 ft / 1170 m
    Extra Gain:876 ft / 267 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Route:Mount Ida Trail
    Trailhead:Milner Pass Trailhead  10753 ft / 3277 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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