Iron Mountain Trail 3389 Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Cascade Range is known for its high volcanic peaks and open vistas. Mountains such as Hood, Je?erson, the Three Sisters, and Broken Top shine with their peaks adorned by glaciers and their pro?les distinct against blue skies. These young mountains, technically part of the High Cascades, owe their stature to eons of hard work amassed by the Old Cascades. The foundation of the Cascade Range, the Old Cascades form the base from which the High Cascades rise, with most peaks in the lower-elevation ranges of 4,000–5,000 feet."
--Lucas Alberg, Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press).
"A steep trail through several meadows to the top of Iron Mountain, where there are nice views. If you ascend in the summer, you won’t be surprised to learn that this region was set aside for its botanical value. This area has more than 300 species of flowering plants; alpine timber is interlaced with the meadows. Atop the bare, volcanic summit stands a Forest Service lookout, which is occupied in the summer. Special attractions: Rainbow meadows (in July) and see-forever views."
--Donna Lynn Ikenberry, Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry) (Falcon Guides).
"Iron Mountain is a justifiably popular western Cascades destination that packs a lot of highlights into a single hike. There are great views, a picturesque fire lookout, old-growth forests, craggy rock formations, and some of the most outstanding wildflower meadows in the Oregon Cascades. Botanists especially love this outing, because the region supports more tree species— seventeen—than any other place in Oregon and more than 300 types of wildflowers. Most hikers reach the top via a crowded and dusty trail from the south, but a longer and more attractive option is this loop from Tombstone Pass."
--Douglas Lorain, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
Quite a steep trail, but when we stopped to catch our breath every so often, we quickly found ourselves enraptured by the awesome depth to the beauty around us. Flora and fauna enthusiasts with find this and the Cone Peak trail a MUST in July/August. Geologists (or anyone) will find many rock formations of varying colors to gaze at. Entomologists will appriciate the many insects that flutter or buzz around, especially the tame butterflies that let you get close. And, of course, the breathtaking vistas are well worth a long look. Forest rangers and hikers at the top must feed some of the animals, because the highlight of our trip was a pair of curious chipmunks who took food from our hands and even climbed on us and let us pet them.
So bring some snacks, because whether your calling a halt to inspect some of the local beauty, or to stare into the distance, or perhaps to feed some little animals, this is a hike where the journey is just as good as the destination.
Our family is new to the hiking scene, we are outdoors people but we wanted to expand to just observation and seeing new things and places. We hiked the iron Mt trail all the way to the lookout. There are 5 of us from 9 years to 38, and it was definately a work out for us out of shape people. We huffed and puffed out way up the mountain, and when we reached the top is when we felt it was well worth the workout. It is a very pretty veiw, and when we left we continued on the cone peak loop. When it we were all done, we were quite tired but going through all of the meadows and seein all there was to see, it was well worth the effort. Just remember to take plenty of water.
Bit of a difficult hike, very steep at times.
Beautiful views off the top. Great wildflowers
in the spring. Be sure to have your trail
pass for this one, they check!
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