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Hike Iron Mountain & Cone Peak Meadows

The Albany group did this as an unplanned hike a couple of weeks ago and the meadow was in full bloom. Several people expressed interest in doing this hike so here it is.


Description

From Tombstone Pass we'll hike 2.6 miles (~+800 ft elev) to the meadows & enjoy the scenery. From there, the Iron Mtn summit is 2.5 miles. Should have spectacular views of the entire Cascades. We'll descend via the shorter trail (2.7 miles) back to the parking area.


Difficulty

Sullivan lists this as "difficult." It's a 7.8 mile loop with a total of 1900 elev gain. I haven't done this hike, but I would say moderate-to-difficult. The final pitch up Iron Mtn looks steep with switchbacks. If you did the recent hike to Chimney Peak this looks a little easier.


Directions

  • Get to Sweet Home any way you like. Continue through town on Hwy 20.
  • Drive ~36 miles to Tombstone Pass, between mile markers 63 & 64. There is a parking area for the winter SnoPark.
  • The egress trail is at the far end of the parking lot, about 100 feet beyond the outhouse and near the message board.

Time

Leave Fred Meyer ~9am. From Albany, Sweet Home is about 35 minutes. From Sweet Home, Tombstone Pass is about 40 minutes. The goal is to hit the trail at 10:30am. I don't have a good idea of total trail time.


Fees

None, although I assume that parking at the SnoPark lot requires a NW Forest Pass or a ($5?) day fee. I have a Forest Pass I will bring.


Carpooling

As usual, carpooling is recommended. We will meet at Fred Meyer in Albany for carpooling. We can also pick up add'l folks in Sweet Home at Safeway. As usual, tip your driver with gas money if you can; if you can't, please join us anyway.


What you need

Lunch, plenty of water, and sunscreen. I believe a fair amount of this hike is in the open with lots of sunshine.

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  • Julie P.

    Thank you Carl for making this happen, and for adding such a fun and positive touch to our perfect day!

    July 22, 2013

  • Julie P.

    This was a totally awesome hike. One of my favorites for sure! And the hikers that day were over the top fun and positive. A absolute perfect day for sure!

    July 22, 2013

  • Carl

    Hurray, my injured leg held up just fine! Wow, what a great hike, with perfect weather. I think 1 or 2 weeks late for the wildflower peak but the views were awesome. Wayne, we missed ya!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Julie P.

    This hike was totally awesome! Definitely a must go! Thank you Carl for posting and organizing this. Riding and hiking with you contributed to this most perfect day!

    July 21, 2013

  • Carl

    I will likely be in the slow group on this hike as I re-injured my leg yesterday. For those wanting to meet for carpooling either in Albany or Sweet Home, my cell number is[masked]-8324. So far no one has mentioned pick-up in Sweet Home so the plan is to drive on through.

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Carl, sorry to hear of your (re) injury. I rounded up some of my friend so will be doing this hike tomorrow, but a little earlier since one of my friends has to be at work for swing shift. I hope to see you all on the trail - but since it is a loop maybe only in spirit. I hope you guys have a great hike.

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this hike, but hiking and being in nature and in the woods is my happiness and stress relief and all the negative comments have made me feel uncomfortable. Have fun.

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Julie P.

      I almost copped out of this hike too Julie Reed as Lou has been extremely hurtful. I decided to go anyway and not let him effect my happiness. I am a positive upbeat person and don't mingle well with mean people.

      July 20, 2013

  • Carl

    Lou, your point is taken. Dog owners should plan to bring bags and pick up after them. Dogs off-leash are fine as long as they're well-behaved.

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The thing is, dogs aren't suppose to be on trails unless they are on leash. I believe that is the whole point Lou is trying to make. To follow the rules that are implied at trailheads and State Parks. Those rules are set for everyone. I personally feel that hiking groups should set a good example for others on the trails. Just my two cents.

      2 · July 17, 2013

    • Julie P.

      Thank you Carl! Very well said! And I totally agree!

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to be out as well. I love dogs, don't have any, and yes they can get in the way on hikes but I think this issue had better been addressed in person rather than on a public forum....

    July 17, 2013

    • Julie P.

      Lou, I am really fed up with your rudeness Lou. The only hike that Sammy was off leash when he should not have been was Cape Perpetua in which he was on leash the entire time around the visitors area. All those who know Sammy know what a well mannered well behaved dog he is! I did not see an issue at all when he was off leash on the trail and to say honestly I did not realize he was suppose to on a leash on the trail, but did know leash was required around the visitors area. That was my mistake and I apologize. Not one person said a single word to me! Then I get home and find out that you Lou posted it all over the internet how rude and inappropriate I was. You did not say it in a kind way and was extremely insulting!

      July 20, 2013

    • Julie P.

      And your above comment that others have said words to me is an absolute lie! Can you please tell me who that may have been? Of course Not! And you Lou, why didn't YOU say anything to me during the hike instead of waiting until you got home and complained about it all over the group sites that I am involved in? Your actions are uncalled for, insulting, and hurtful. An apology would be nice! And Paul was not referring to Sammy as he knows Sam and boxers are NOT attack dogs. AKC says a boxer will NOT attack a person! And thank you Nicole as it is an issue that should rather be discussed in person rather than on a forum! Lou just doesn't get it and insists on being hurtful and insulting!

      July 20, 2013

  • Meghan

    Hi all, new to the group and expecting to go with you all on Sunday! I am definitely interested in carpooling, since I'm not familiar with the area...what kind of vehicle should I look for in the Fred Meyer lot on Sunday morning?

    July 18, 2013

    • Meghan

      Okay, sounds good!

      July 19, 2013

    • Carl

      Yup, see you there!

      July 19, 2013

  • Laura

    I have found the info regarding this hike. It sounds like a great hike!

    July 17, 2013

  • Laura

    Where and when do we meet?

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On a different note, I was on one hike where a little dog off leash was an absolute delight! He would dash up ahead, look out at the woods, and perk his ears up, like he was scouting for us. Very cool. Julie G, you should bring Eddie! I don't picture him as a scout dog, but he might make a good bear decoy. How fast can he run? (I didn't mean it, Eddie.)

    July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So that's where he gets that hip, laidback personality.

      July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd have to agree that the group should respect park rules.

    Rules aside, I was on an evening hike, not this meetup, where two big dogs, known for their potential attacking ability, chased each other back and fourth like freight trains up and down the trail. I don't like to admit it, but I was very concerned for my safety, re if one of the dogs in particular ever snapped at me in the confusion. I opted to stay ahead of the group a couple hundred feet. I would never say anything during the hike, but I won't attend another hike with one of the two dogs in question.

    I like the dog owners, a lot, and the dogs too. I just don't like the situation.

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm leading the same hike on the same day with Willamette Valley Outdoors.

    July 15, 2013

    • Carl

      I got an email notice today, didn't realize the duplicated effort. I'm sure we'll cross paths.

      July 15, 2013

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