Iron Mountain

  • Aug 1, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • Iron Mountain Trail Head

The hike: This is a 6-mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of about 1200 feet. We will hike at a moderately fast pace aiming to complete the hike in a little over 2 hours.

After a half mile of more-or-less level hiking, we will ascend the north flank of Iron Mountain. On a clear day, you can see Mexico, Point Loma, San Clemente Island, Palomar Mtn., and Cuyamaca Mtn. In other words, more than half the county! If it's clear, you might want to bring binoculars.

This is an out-and-back hike. There are several satisfying turn around points, so even if you are not sure that you are up for the whole hike, you can hike partway and then turn around.

Needed: Good hiking or walking shoes are highly recommended.
Participants should carry plenty of water, a snack, and a flashlight.

Please be on time as we will be leaving on time.


1) From Rancho Bernardo Road and I-15: Head east; RB Road turns into Espola. When road ends, turn left (east) onto Poway Road. When it ends you are there.
2) You could simply take I-15 south to the Poway Road exit and then drive east till the road ends - you are there!!
3) Take I-15 to the Scripps-Poway Parkway / Mercy Road exit and then drive east til the road ends. Turn left and the parking lot is on the right at the first stoplight.

Parking is in the trailhead parking lot at the intersection of Poway Road and CA-67.

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  • db

    I gots to work

    August 1, 2013

  • Baron T.

    "moderately fast pace". Can I just run up Jim? Oh, will we be having snacks?

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Jeanette P.

    I am getting excited!!!! My friend Allison will be joining in for all this fun!!!!! Norm- we will miss you!!! Baron- I look forward to seeing you run up iron mountain!!!!! I love the enthusiasm. :)

    July 31, 2013

  • Norm

    Forgot wife has somewhere for me to go.

    July 31, 2013

  • Norm

    I too forgot about prior commitment, sorry Richard. Sounds like Baron will keep you on your toes.

    July 31, 2013

  • Harry

    forgot about a prior commitment... Sorry.

    July 31, 2013

  • Jenni D

    Although I've done this hike before, this will be my first time with this group. Looking forward to it!

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Jeanette P.

    It is SOOOO ON!!!! Sounds like a bast! I may be bringing up to 3 friends to share in all this hiking enthusiasm! Yay!

    July 30, 2013

  • Christopher C. H.

    Hi - is this road, improved trail, or rocky one? Would we be in tallus / boulders? (The rougher the better up to the point that my 'barefoot shoes' won't make it :)

    July 29, 2013

    • Jim

      The trail quality ranges from dirt road to pretty rough single track. For the most part it gets progressively rougher, so you could hike and if it got too gnarly, you could turn around. (My guess is that you can make it to the top but I don't have a lot of experience with barefoot hiking)

      July 29, 2013

  • Leslie , LE B.

    How I wish I could attend!

    July 29, 2013

  • Wendy T

    This will be a tough one for me. If I pass out, just push me off to the side of the trail out of everyone's way

    July 29, 2013

  • Anthony

    I've never done this hike but this sounds fun. I'll be bringing my sister as well.

    1 · July 28, 2013

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