Ellie Lane Trail to the Summit of Iron Mountain

  • March 30, 2013 · 2:00 PM
  • I-15 to Poway Road (S4), go east through Poway until it dead ends at Hwy 67. Turn left (North) on Hwy 67. Go 1 mile, turn right

Come enjoy a great conditioning hike with beautiful scenery featuring house-sized boulders and tall chaparral. We will take a moderate pace through challenging ups and downs on Ellie Lane trail through rocky canyon trails. We take a break on the Iron Mountain summit to enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views all the way to the ocean horizon (clarity permitting). We return to Ellie Lane parking via the Iron Mountain and Wild Horse trails. This is a hard day hike which requires going 9 miles with a climb or descend of up to 2,000 ft. This is an Official Sierra Club hike, but everyone is welcome.  Wear sturdy shoes with traction, bring minimum 2 quarts of water, sun protection, and 10 essentials.  Rain cancels!

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    we met at Ellie Land parking lot and total 19 attended.
    it is a great hike and this group is an advance one.
    Very nice to meet everyone. Rob/Michelle, thanks a lot for the leading and your help is much appreciated.

    1 · March 30, 2013

    • Rob R.

      Yihui, you were a pleasure, and your perseverance was impressive!

      March 31, 2013

  • Carol W.

    I went to the wrong lot! Hiked alone too from Iron Mountain Lot. Sorry to miss you all. I was in a hurry to get there by 2 pm and did not recheck the explicit instructions. It was a dirt lot at the end of the road! Good enough, must be it, no!

    March 30, 2013

  • Laura

    I was at the parking lot at 2 PM. Where was the group?? Finished the hike on my own. Good idea for more Saturday hikes.

    March 30, 2013

    • Irene M.

      Opps, I got cut off. I don't know why you didn't meet up. I didn't do the hike, just organized it for Rob. Did you go to the Ellie Lane parking lot or the Iron Mountain one?

      March 30, 2013

    • Carol W.

      Oh, I did not know where I was going. Went to Iron Mountain parking lot. Saw a group take off at 2 pm. Did it alone too. I just went to where 67 ends in the dirt lot. Don't know where the other lot is. Seemed to be a dirt lot at the end of the road. Anyway large rattler on the trail. I had to tell folks to back off, get their got and then it left. I grew up around rattlers. Amazing some folks did not know what to do, just froze. You need to distance yourself! The snake relaxed when the people backed off and slithered off. Hope you had a great hike, sorry to miss you all!

      March 30, 2013

  • Ken D.

    Can't make this one as I'm headed to L.A. for family Passover, but I'm really glad to see a Saturday hike. I work until 5:30 on weeknights in Torrey Pines area so I haven't been able to make the Thursday 5:30 hikes. I'll miss this one but hope to see more Saturday hikes. Have fun everyone!

    March 30, 2013

  • Rob R.

    Hi All,
    Just to clarify, this is not an easy hike. It's rated H9C -- H for hard, due to distance and challenging uphill sections. You can see the Sierra Club ratings explanations here: http://sandiego.sierraclub.org/Calendar/RatingSystem.html With a large group like this I expect it to take between 4 and 5 hours to complete the whole hike.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Irene, looks like no spot left, i can't RSVP. May I meet you guys at the parking lot? thanks.

    March 30, 2013

    • Irene M.

      Because it's a Sierra Club hike we have limits on how many can go. However, I can't make it today, so you can take my place and go. Rob is leading the hike, I see a lot of great people are going. Have fun!

      March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      great, thanks Irene. See you guys.

      March 30, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Little heavy for 2 pm meet time. But a fine hike. Members check my web site for frequent trail updates at www.outdoorssandiego.com

    March 29, 2013

  • Rob R.

    Hi Fellow Hikers,
    I will actually be leading this official Sierra Club hike, that Irene was kind enough to post here on meetup -- thank you again Irene! It is one of my Chapter Outing Leader (COL1) evaluations hikes. I look forward to meeting you all on the trail.

    @Steve -- I recommend you take the COL training! Lots of fun and very informative. I took the North County Group version, which is coming up again around April 21.

    March 27, 2013

    • Rob R.

      Hey Steve. I may have confused the issue. The WBC graduate requirement I mentioned is for the North County COL1 trainees. You are taking the San Diego Chapter group's COL1 training, which is covered by the link you shared -- so your are on it! See you Sat.

      March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great...I was confused. I'm not going to Snow Camp and didn't think that hurt me for COL1 as long as I met the other requirements. I need 4 outings and this will be the third one. See you Sat.

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Irene...I don't see this on the Sierra Club website but I'm a newbie to the site so maybe I'm not looking in the right spot. Can we get Sierra Club credit somehow? I'm thinking about taking the COL1 with them and need a couple of more hikes to qualify for the course.
    Thanks!

    March 26, 2013

    • Irene M.

      Most groups go 2 miles per hour. So you can count on it taking 4; possibly 5 hours.

      March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks...I signed up. :)

      March 28, 2013

  • Vicki E

    Will this hike occur rain or shine? I think rain is in the forcast for Saturday

    March 26, 2013

    • Irene M.

      Rain Cancels!!!!! I forgot to add that to the description, but I will now, thanks!

      March 26, 2013

  • Joan

    I wish I was in town so I could do this with you Irene! It's one of my favorite hikes in SD. And it would be great to see you too!

    March 25, 2013

    • Irene M.

      I'll be doing more hikes this year so we will hike together again!

      March 26, 2013

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