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Iron Mountain Peak Trail #10

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,067' 325 m
Descent: -1,067' -325 m
High: 2,673' 815 m
Low: 1,614' 492 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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This is a popular trail that powers up to Iron Mountain Peak.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Please stay on the trail and avoid using "shortcuts" as this ends up ruining the vegetation and contributes to erosion.

Overview

This trail is one of the easiest-to-access trails in San Diego County and the number of visitors on the trail reflects that. Don't expect solitude. But if you want easy access with good parking and a nice summit, this is an excellent trail.

Need to Know

Go early in hot weather and bring plenty of water.

Description

The trail starts out of the back of the parking lot and soon draws a direct line heading uphill through a tree-lined field. After 2/3 of a mile you connect up with the intersection of the Wild Horse Trail and the Iron Peak Mountain Alternate Trail. From here, the chaparral continues to thicken until it creates thick walls around the trail. At around a mile you reconnect with the Iron Peak Mountain Alternate Trail.

After another 0.5 miles you pass the Ellie Lane Trail on your left and turn to the right. From here the trail changes character, as large rocks become boulders and the views become more expansive. A short while later, you pass access to a helipad on your left.

At around 2 miles, the trail begins to switchback along a more open ridge before you are finally rewarded with a big view from the summit.

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Feb 29, 2020
Neil Sheaffer
Jan 12, 2020
Marysol OB
Nov 30, 2019
Andrew Dalager
5.8mi
Nov 23, 2019
Ian Mac
Nov 16, 2019
Michelle Conklin
Afternoon hike started at 2pm ended at 5pm 6.2mi — 2h 56m
Oct 11, 2019
Mike G
Oct 5, 2019
Justin Penn
5.7mi — 2h 11m
Jul 6, 2019
Laura Kelly

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  4.3 from 38 votes

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Photos

Looking back towards the parking lot and 67.
Nov 19, 2017 near Poway, CA
And the hike begins!
Aug 20, 2017 near Poway, CA
Jack fell asleep by the top of the hill.
Nov 19, 2017 near Poway, CA

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