July 7, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This is a 3.4 mile out and back hike to the top of Iron Mt.'s lookout tower. There are over 300 species of flowering plants along this hike and the peak blooming season is early July. We will meet at the lower parking lot 0.2 miles along F S 15 off Hwy 20 approximately 35 miles east of Sweet Home. A NW Forest Pass is required to park. The trail starts at the parking lot and after .75 miles there is a crossing over a very busy Hwy 20 before continuing up to the top. If you are hiking with dogs, then be prepared to leash up for the Hwy crossing. The hike is a fairly steady climb with a final 1 mile of steep switch backs to the top. The views and the changing tapestry of flowers makes the effort worthwhile. We can take a lunch break at the lookout. Bring water for you and your dogs. I will have to meet everyone at the trailhead as I am camping at Clear Lake. If anyone wants to organize carpooling from Bend, please post on this site. It is about 1 hour from Bend to the trailhead so plan accordingly.