September 7, 2013 ~ The hike to Mt. Ida is a fun hike. You do spend most of your time above tree-line so weather and start time are a factor, as the weather above tree-line can deteriorate very quickly. The views of the park are breathtaking once above tree-line. You skirt the Continental Divide on the way to Mt. Ida.
August 24, 2013 ~ The trail to Pitkin Lake starts right across the highway from Vail ski resort. The trail follows a high glacial valley. With high glacial valley trails, there is a considerable jump in elevation from the trailhead to the glacial valley very early on in the trail. As such, the most difficult part of the trail is the beginning of the trail.