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Iron Mountain Peak Trail #10

Intermediate

Trail

5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer out and back
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,067' 325 m
Descent: -1,067' -325 m
High: 2,673' 815 m
Low: 1,614' 492 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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This is a popular trail that powers up to Iron Mountain Peak.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Please stay on the trail and avoid using "shortcuts" as this ends up ruining the vegetation and contributes to erosion.

Overview

This trail is one of the easiest-to-access trails in San Diego County and the number of visitors on the trail reflects that. Don't expect solitude. But if you want easy access with good parking and a nice summit, this is an excellent trail.

Need to Know

Go early in hot weather and bring plenty of water.

Description

The trail starts out of the back of the parking lot and soon draws a direct line heading uphill through a tree-lined field. After 2/3 of a mile you connect up with the intersection of the Wild Horse Trail and the Iron Peak Mountain Alternate Trail. From here, the chaparral continues to thicken until it creates thick walls around the trail. At around a mile you reconnect with the Iron Peak Mountain Alternate Trail.

After another 0.5 miles you pass the Ellie Lane Trail on your left and turn to the right. From here the trail changes character, as large rocks become boulders and the views become more expansive. A short while later, you pass access to a helipad on your left.

At around 2 miles, the trail begins to switchback along a more open ridge before you are finally rewarded with a big view from the summit.

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Feb 23, 2019
Jay Salazar
Nice push to the top with beautiful vistas! 5.8mi
Jul 4, 2018
Brian Schroth
Very run-able trail, step switch backs 6mi
Mar 11, 2017
Isley Gao
Fun climb, very well marked. A lot of people here. Parking can be tough when the main lot is full and you have to park on the curb. 5.3mi — 1h 58m
May 24, 2015
Alex Adame

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  4.3 from 37 votes

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Looking back towards the parking lot and 67.
Nov 19, 2017 near Poway, CA
And the hike begins!
Aug 20, 2017 near Poway, CA
Jack fell asleep by the top of the hill.
Nov 19, 2017 near Poway, CA

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