Iron Mountain Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Poway, California. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 1,610 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,330 feet. The Poway Road Park And Ride parking can be seen along the trail. There are also an information guidepost and restrooms along the trail. The trail ends near Iron Mountain (elevation 2,684 feet).
Iron Mountain Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A leisurely, seldom-steep ascent; ocean-to-mountain vistas as you approach the summit."
--Jerry Schad, 50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press).
"The conical summit of North San Diego County’s Iron Mountain rises nearly 2700 feet above sea level, frequently well above the low-lying coastal haze. On many a crystalline winter day, the summit offers a sweeping, 360-degree panorama from glistening ocean to blue mountains and back to the ocean again. Access to the summit—by foot, horse, or mountain bike—is afforded by a key link in the City of Poway’s extensive multiuse trails system."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
"San Diego is one of the fittest counties in the nation. People hike, bike, run and exercise everywhere, and this is a decent-size peak with incredible clear-day views closely located to a major urban area. The trail is easily accessible, can be utilized by everyone, and almost anyone with a little effort can attain the summit. This is an extremely well-traveled trail; it is easily navigated and perfectly signed. The trail is a mixture of dirt and rock, but it shouldn’t be too hard on the paws unless your pet is very sedentary. If your pup is not used to exercise, this trail might be just the right distance to really tear up his pads and put him out of commission for a few days. Make certain your dog is conditioned before undertaking any hike over 3 miles in length and with any rockiness in the trail description. This one may be the right size for you to start with, but not your dog, although you could opt for the shorter trip to the Ramona overlook on the same trail."
--Allen Riedel, Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"North San Diego County’s Iron Mountain thrusts its conical summit nearly 2,700 feet above sea level, frequently well above the low-lying coastal haze. On many a crystalline winter day, the summit offers a sweeping, 360-degree panorama from glistening ocean to blue mountains and back to the ocean again. Access to the summit— by foot, horse, or mountain bike—is now afforded by a key link in the City of Poway’s ever-expanding multiuse trails system. Expect to have plenty of company on this extremely popular trail."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"The mountain is named for its iron ore content, but the moniker could just as easily refer to the brute strength it takes to get to the top of this winding trail. The 2,696-foot peak allows hikers to touch the sky."
--Sheri McGregor, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This course is the most direct approach to the summit of Iron Mountain. The first 1.7 miles go to the base of Iron Mountain, and the next 1.5 miles climb to the summit on switchbacks. There are fantastic views in all directions, with hills south of the U.S. border clearly visible along with downtown San Diego and Point Loma. The landscape includes sage scrub, chaparral, and cactus growing amid large boulders and rock formations. The downhill return is exhilarating."
--Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin, 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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