Iron Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Washington County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 3,467 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,711 feet. Grosses Mountain (elevation 3,793 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Iron Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The IMT (Iron Mountain Trail), uses closed service roads as well as singletrack to make up the thoroughly challenging- both technically and physically- eight and a half miles in between FS 90 and Damascus. It's fairly easy and inexpensive to use the shuttle service (if you choose) which is provided by the local stores in Damascus. The initial mile-long climb will give you a great return on the speedy downhill that follows, and it's worth every labored breath. Doubletrack gives way to tight singletrack; thick forest canopies break away into ski-wide overlooks. Creek crossings and narrow jumbles of stone that require careful maneuvering- it's all here. This ride lies within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, uses a section of the former treadway of the Appalachian Trail, and passes near Iron Mountain."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
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