With Iron Mountain you have a few choices as to where to start your hike or how long to make it. Either way you cannot go wrong. The ideal time to hike is late spring through the fall. Summer wildflowers and wildlife add to this already beautiful area. The geology is something interesting to ponder as you hike. On a clear day you can see Mount Adams, Mount Hood, the tips of Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, the Three Sisters and Diamond Peak.
Iron Mountain has served as a fire lookout from the early 1920s. Two lookout cabins have been used to detect summer forest fires from 1933 to 2007. In 2009 the platform that stands there now was built. The platform has historical postings explaining the history of the lookout and of the area including the indigenous Mollala tribe as well as the local flora and geology.