Stunning Views from the Mount Ida Trail

This photo was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park along the trail which climbs up to the peak of Mount Ida.  The trail is moderately challenging at almost 10 miles in length with about 2500 feet in elevation gain along a narrow, relatively rustic trail.  There are panoramic views in almost every direction for the entire hike as the trail climbs above the tree line not far from the trailhead.  This also means that there is no protection from storms, which often roll in during the afternoons in Rocky Mountain National Park.  It is recommended that hikers not attempt the hike if there are dark clouds nearby since lightning strikes are not uncommon.  Luckily, on the day we hiked the trail the only clouds in the sky were of the puffy, non-threatening variety.  This photo was taken during our descent from the peak.

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