My first hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, while on my 1 year road trip to visit all of the a National Parks, was Mount Ida. She presented me with some of the most otherworldly scenery that I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring. As you can see from this series of photos, it looks like the surface of another planet. 🏔
Mount Ida is a very difficult hike, rated a 14.53.
Mount Ida is 12,889 feet high, 9.6 miles round trip, with 2,465 feet of elevation gain. On the surface that might appear to be relatively easy to experienced hikers when compared to other hikes of similar mileage or elevation gain. Numbers, however, can be deceiving. You will be exposed to intense sun, high winds, and regular thunderstorms for the majority of the trail. Additionally, the last 1.2 miles to the summit traverses very rugged terrain that requires off-trail trekking, as well as some route finding, as there is no trail. Most importantly, if near the summit and caught in an approaching storm, it will easily take 2+ hours to get below tree line and out of immediate danger from lightning.
Hikers should always be aware of lightning risk while hiking in the Rocky Mountains, especially at higher elevations. As a general rule of thumb you should plan to be off the summit before noon in order to avoid the notorious afternoon thunderstorms that frequent the mountains during the summer months. Hikers should also be prepared for extreme sun exposure, wind, cold temperatures, and rapidly changing weather conditions while on the trail.
Photo 10 Jacket by @rab.equipment
Hiking sneakers by @columbia1938
Backpack by @ospreypacks
Tripod by @siruiusa
It breaks my heart to see so much pain and suffering in a world as beautiful ours. If you have the means please do something about it. Even the smallest donations add up. Oh and to my dearest Mexico, stay strong mi bello pais.💛
I wish I had ONE good photo of this wonderland to share w u guys but I don't (???) so here's me tryna compensate by shoving 5 moderately okay photos in ur face
Last two photos were taken in the narrow crevices i.e. "caves" within the formations which I had all to myself when I got here at sunrise hehe
Just when you thought you were safe from wolves, the largest, fattest bear to ever grace the planet steps out to have a look at you. I've never seen such a sight in my life. This guy is ready for a loooong winter nap.
I need more sunsets like this. With a camp meal in my belly, legs aching from miles of dirt trails, and a good book in my hand, there are few moments that can compete. I want to plan more road trips. Tell me, where are your favorite places to camp?