Iron Mountain Trail

Sheep Mountain Wilderness, California

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Iron Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Sheep Mountain Wilderness. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 4,578 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,630 feet. The trail ends near Iron Mountain (elevation 7,936 feet).
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Iron Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Sheep Mountain Wilderness. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 4,578 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,630 feet. The trail ends near Iron Mountain (elevation 7,936 feet). This trail connects with the following: Heaton Flat Trail, Allison Mine Trail, Allison Mine Trail and Heaton Flat Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Sheep Mountain Wilderness
Distance: 2.3
Elevation Gain: 3,630 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,578 feet
Top Elevation: 8,008 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Sheep Mountain Wilderness
Elevation Min/Max: 4578/8008 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4578/4578 ft

Iron Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Big Bad Iron Mtn. stands west of Mt. Baldy, towering over the headwaters of the San Gabriel River. It is the toughest single peak hike in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the second hardest (after Rabbit Peak) in this book. The hike begins near the river at 2000 feet and climbs to the 8007-foot summit. The first half is on good trail to Heaton Saddle, but the second half follows a steep climber’s path up the interminable south ridge of Iron Mtn."

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11/1/2014
This trail is "as advertised." If you're looking for a great workout and some isolation on the trail, this is a terrific hike. The trailhead is crowded but 99.9% of hikers are headed to The Bridge to Nowhere. Finding your rhythm is easy enough at the start, but the super steep sections as you get past the saddle are jarring and will slow you down. I turned back from the summit with about a half mile to go because some truly bad weather was moving in. The descent was pounding on the legs but it is a rewarding hike that I plan on doing again. The views are excellent throughout and the solitude makes it worthwhile the whole way.
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