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San Diego Hiking Trails

Iron Mountain Trail
Trail Distance: 5.8 Miles,
Best Times to Hike:: During the week,
How to get there: Poway Rd and HWY 67
DIFFICULTY:6
SCENERY:7
MAP INFO:7
We did this hike after completing the Poway Lake to Mount Woodson hike the week before. I couldn't believe how many people where on this trail. I must have seen at least 100 other hikers on the way up. This is a moderate hike, the trail is in really good condition and the scenery is beautiful. There are a lot of other trails that lead off to other peaks. I would recommend ditching the main trail and exploring some of these.


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Date: 2014-05-05 00:56:20
I moved to Poway 5 months ago and passed this trail regularly and have been keen to get on the track. Today I finally did and it was a blast. Its been a while since I've done a hike, but it was a wonderful time. Especially with my 8 year old nephew - his first hike! - took only 2 hours in total, about 1:10 to get to the top and then 50 or so minutes to get back down in a hurry as the sun was setting and I didn't want to be caught out in the dark. I'd say its an easy hike, but if you're taking kids, it can be more challenging.. he loved it though!
Social Running for Warriors
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Date: 2012-04-28 12:46:02
We run Trails like Iron Mountain along with Beach Runs and Bike rides. We have a fun group of runners that all loved Iron Mountain. Look us Up!
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Hike/Run
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Date: 2011-12-12 12:20:47
For the past 6 months a buddy of mine and me hike up to the top then run down to the parking lot. It is a great workout and each week we try and beat our time from the last week. It has been great training for the mud runs we have been doing. Highly recommend this trail for a great workout whether you hike or run it.
Nice Hike
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Date: 2011-03-21 21:09:39
This was the first time I did the hike. For being a beginner and not in such good shape. It was a little difficult towards the peak. It took me about 1:30minutes up and about an hour coming down. When you start your hike, you can either go straight up or take the trail to your right which comes together towards the top. Apparently the trail to your right is more smoother and less rocky. I would take that one instead. It was a good hike and a good work out. Bring a lot of water, I took a camel pack. I went when it was cloudy and I don't think I would go on a hot day. At the top they have picnic benches for a little snack. I really enjoyed this trail! Bring good shoes, hard on your ankles on the way down..
Kept me coming back!
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Date: 2010-12-29 18:23:56
First time I have ever actually hiked, and "kept me coming back"! There are plenty of other hikers and joggers there, especially at the peak, so I wouldn't recommend it as an escape, however, the scenery is amazing and you do get that sense as if you are away because you are at a 2,684 feet peak surrounded by lumps of hills and trees. The difficulty I would say is about a 7, but that may be biased coming from me since it was my first time. The steepness isn't too bad if you take a breather before making that next step. You must be very careful on the trail though because there are a handful of large stones and logs all over the place, so with that being said, the trail is not boring what so ever. Moreover, dogs are allowed !
For experienced hikers...
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Date: 2010-07-09 21:56:09
I complete this hike every weekend to start the day. I recommend the 8 or 9 mile alternate routes for those who are serious about their hiking. At the begining not long after leaving the parking lot you will see a trail leading left and away from the mountain. This trail leads around a smaller mountain and after many switchbacks end up at a fork before proceeding to complete the regular hike.
Hot days = no dog or booties
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Date: 2010-06-14 22:39:05
This is a nice, challenging trail. The view from the top is excellent, too. On hot days, though, it's probably best to either leave the dog at home, or make sure they have hiking booties. The trail gets HOT on their little paws. Our dogs kept ducking into the shade and holding their feet up until we turned around and took them back home, then came back to finish the hike without them. Bring the dogs on a cooler, cloudy day. Also to note, we saw a large coyote in the shaded around, right on the trail on a busy day...so especially watch out if you have a smaller dog. Great hike, though!
Harder than I thought
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Date: 2010-06-10 21:36:25
I read all the reviews for this hike and thought I knew what to expect. As a beginner hiker, I was not ready for the difficulty. Thought we were getting near the end when we hit the halfway sign! Thought about stopping there but made it slowly but surely all the way to the top (well almost). The last 3/4 mile is a lot steeper and there is no shade for most of the hike. There are a lot of other hikers around and everyone is very friendly, View from the top is worth the hike. Was exhausted after finishing but proud that I did it. If you're a beginner or not in very good shape - be prepared!
Fun!
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Date: 2010-05-24 17:58:00
I am a fan of Iron Mountain! Its a fun mountain to hike up. My friends and I jogged part of it just to get in an extra work out. There are some rocky areas where you should be careful with your ankle. There's not much shade so I suggest bringing a hat and a good amount of water if you go on a warm sunny day. I brought about a good 40oz of water which was plenty for the hike.
Iron Mountain
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Date: 2010-04-19 11:38:26
My friend and i go hiking here locally in east county San Dego. Searched for a few new trails and came up on Iron Mountain...Great View, and when it rains, your virtually sucked into a rain cloud at the top...its was a great time, and we are determined to finally make it to the top.

I would recommend going on a somewhat cloudy day, the sun really beats down on you, but it has a great little spring running therough the bottom, and lots of great rocks.

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