Iron Mountain Trail

Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

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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.
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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. This trail connects with the following: Trail Road and Appalachian Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Jefferson National Forest
Distance: 4.3
Elevation Gain: 1,711 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 3,467 feet
Top Elevation: 3,898 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Iron Mountain Trail
Parks: Jefferson National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 3467/3898 ft
Elevation Start/End: 3467/3467 ft

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."

Recent Trail Reviews

8/9/2007
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Two words describe this trail: steep and rocky. First 3 miles are all uphill and then the ridgeline is completely covered in canopy. The downhills are no joke either. I burned out my back disc break at mile 12 and had to ride into damascus on my front brake. I missed a great section of downhill because I had to cut off on the FS 90. Either way, its a great day ride. You just need to bring A LOT of water b/c there's none on the trail. If you go into sundog outfitters in Damascus they will take you up to the trail head at skulls gap for 25 bucks, and they sell maps of the area. Thats the best way to go.



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