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via Iron Mountain Trailhead

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • The sign at the trailhead frames Iron Mountain.- Iron Mountain
  • Tree-lined trail at the beginning.- Iron Mountain
  • Unidentified wildflower (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Iron Mountain
  • View to the south at the beginning of the trail.- Iron Mountain
  • The first stretch is a straight, gradual, climb.- Iron Mountain
  • The trail requires some scrambling over rocks.- Iron Mountain
  • Rock formations along the trail.- Iron Mountain
  • Rock formations dot the landscape.- Iron Mountain
  • Rock formations dot the landscape.- Iron Mountain
  • Rock formations dot the landscape.- Iron Mountain
  • Unidentified wildflower (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Iron Mountain
  • Rock formations dot the landscape.- Iron Mountain
  • Sideblotched lizard (Uta stansburiana).- Iron Mountain
  • Nearing the summit and looking down over switchbacks.- Iron Mountain
  • Sticky monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus).- Iron Mountain
  • Some rocks form recognizeable shapes - here's a stone troll.- Iron Mountain
  • View west from the summit.- Iron Mountain
  • View west from the summit.- Iron Mountain
  • View of St. Vicente Reservoir to the south.- Iron Mountain
  • View to the southeast.- Iron Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Interesting rock formations. Well-maintained trail. 360-degree vistas.
Cons: 
Little shade.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,070.00 ft (326.14 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
6.40 mi (10.30 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,608.00 ft (490.12 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Just outside of Poway is one of San Diego area’s most popular hikes. Despite its popularity, it is still possible to visit without running into too many other visitors. Even though the hike is not too far from civilization, adventurers can feel like they are miles from nowhere during off-peak times. The vista offers 360-degree views of the surrounding hills, including the San Vicente Reservoir. For rock climbers, some of the granite formations along the trail make for good bouldering.

For roughly the first mile, the trail seems more like an old forest road that maintains a straight and gradual incline. Horses share this section of trail, but they are more likely to be found on trails that run vaguely parallel and to the south of the main trail, where there are staging areas. After this first mile, the trail begins to switchback and becomes steeper, running over some rocks that require mild scrambling.

At the summit, enjoy the views either unaided or through a coin-operated scope. Stay for a picnic, and sign your name in the logbook found in a mailbox.

The vast majority of the trail is exposed, so be sure to wear sun protection.

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