Milner Pass towards Mount Ida

A hike along the Continental Divide. 

This route starts at Milner Pass on the Continental Divide.  It climbs from about 10,500 ft. MSL to well above the tree line, towards the summit of Mt. Ida, at 12,280 ft. 

Starting point - Poudre Lake at dawn.

Starting point - Poudre Lake at dawn.

The route.

The route.

Ptarmigan in summer colors.

Ptarmigan in summer colors.

Elk graze at dawn.  "Nice rack!"  "Thanks - you, too."

Elk graze at dawn.

"Nice rack!"

"Thanks - you, too."

Yellow-Bellied Marmot.

Yellow-Bellied Marmot.

Front porch with a view.

Front porch with a view.

Many paths in addition to the human trail.

Chipmunks at play.

Chipmunks at play.

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"Small Apollo" butterfly.

"Small Apollo" butterfly.

Looking from the Continental Divide over a few unnamed lakes towards Forest Canyon, with Trail Ridge and Trail Ridge Road in the distance.

Looking from the Continental Divide over a few unnamed lakes towards Forest Canyon, with Trail Ridge and Trail Ridge Road in the distance.

Rocky Mountain panorama.

Rocky Mountain panorama.

A rock rabbit, or Pica.

A rock rabbit, or Pica.

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Storing up for the winter?

Storing up for the winter?

Mule deer.

Mule deer.

A mushroom bursts forth.

A mushroom bursts forth.

Many mushrooms burst forth.

Many mushrooms burst forth.

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