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Thanks to the cruel reviews and there were just a few reviews on this trail .. I had to go see myself and all I can say is brutal steep on 45degree angles at one point and those yucca plants penetrates you like needles.. but we made it 11 of us started together at 5:30am all the way to the summit made it all together to the star point at 3pm it was 15 miles 10 hrs weather help a lot a little rain hail and some snow flakes.. wind was just perfect to keep us cool of our own body heat . I am amaze of how difficult is this trail... IRON MOUNTAIN HAS BEEN CONQUERED thank you LORD.. 11/26/16
Not HARD like Mt Baldy ...
After I passed the fork for the bridge to nowhere, I did not pass a single person
First 3 mi are wonderful just for the views
I HATED this trail solely for the fact that I was constantly attacked by the plants from my face to my toes after that (my poor dog ... who hikes with me and can last up to 16mi was miserable). The terrain turns to sandy and sometimes steep covered areas ... so you lose the wonderful view.
I wanted to get to the top, but I was bleeding from the plants and was annoyed ... turned back early.
Much better, challenging,rewarding trails out there. Though if I lived close by .. I would consider doing a 6 mi out and back trail run.
This hike is about 10 miles round trip. Dog friendly, and parking gets full, so come early. Vault toilets available before heading out. Multiple water crossing (be prepared to get your feet wet or remove your shoes). The hike itself is easy, mostly flat and leads up to the bungee jump site. Nice area to to watch people bungee jump or have your snacks / lunch.
A great hike! Closer to 11 miles than 9 if you decide to scale down/back up the rocks to get down to the creek under the bridge. I did it in September when it was still pretty hot, so I'd just recommend bringing a lot of water so you're prepared in. Case of dehydration. Otherwise, entirely lovely.
Great view and well maintained hiking trail. Enough hiker traffic to ensure your safety, but not too an excess. Loved bungee jumping at the bridge. Definitely be going back again without bungee jumping activity to fully enjoy the amazing scenery that the trail offers!
So the first three miles of this hike is a fire access road with two tunnels. After that the AllTrails map just stops and there is a marked path to the right which dead ends and an unmarked path to the left (refer to my uploaded pic of the map from my Fitbit). The unmarked path to the left is a very steep incline up shale and through thickly overgrown bushes that see little to no traffic. Once up that incline you are on the peak of something and can see Rattlesnake Peak in the distance. However this was unknown at the time since the AllTrails map just stops at the junction and indicates the hike is only 5 miles in/out. However when I got home and looked at the map provided by Fitbit it became obvious that this trail is much longer to the peak. You MUST wear long pants/sleeves for this trail since the bushes are primarily cat's claws and yuccas and overgrown. I always wear long pants/sleeves so I was fine but my partner wore shorts and a tank top and was full of scratches by the end of it. Also (other than the two tunnels) there is absolutely no shade on this trail. Honestly I would not do this hike again or recommend it with Baldy so close. If you just want a challenge, Ice House Canyon up to Thunder Peak is a 15 mile hike with a 5000ft incline and you don't need a machete to do it. Rattlesnake peak trail goes from huge fire access road to absolutely no defined trail where the AllTrails maps ends yet as you can see from the picture of the map from my Fitbit you are no where near the peak. Maybe there was a junction we missed, but as an experienced hiker I am very good at finding trails and am almost certain (99%) that we took the right path (the left line on the map). If I were to do this trail again I would have to use a GPS tracker with real-time tracking in order to make sure we hit the peak. As opposed to my Fitbit which tracks the GPS but can only be seen once the hike is finished and uploaded to the website (in other words you need service).
This hike. Till now is the most difficult hike i have ever done
We did 6 hours. Just to
Get to the top me and my friends.
We star 5am and we get back at 4:45pm
Almost 10 hours hike.
If anyone is planning to do this hike
Please. Carry a lot of water. You might need easily 7 litters.
Don't take big iron mountain easy.
The hike is not hard, kids and dogs and even people in zero active wear do it. Just bring a lot of water and snacks and a swim suit if you plan on taking a break and playing in the water its pretty awesome, oh and bungee jump on a Saturday off the bridge!!. Think the only hard thing was that me and my friend got lost the first time we did it and brought no water, and one snack, aaaand got lost and had to tread through the water to get where we needed to be, the struggle was more than real it was desperate haha
This hike should be on the six pack of peaks (SoCalHiker.net). In the past few weeks I've climbed Wilson, Cucamonga, and Baldy, and this was MUCH harder than those. The first 4 miles are OK, but then the trails climbs to about 45 degrees, with slippery rocks, lots of yucca plants , that have grown into the trail, and at many points the trail is very narrow due to shrubs and trees growing on each side, making trekking poles useless at those points. I slipped a good 6 or 7 times on the way back down, and was just lucky to not slide into anything prickly.
I planned on doing a loop down the other side and to the waterfall, but couldn't even make it to the summit. Temperatures went from the low 60's on the way up to low 80's on the way back down, and it was windy and chilly towards the top. Got to 7800' and was too wet and cold to finish. Started at 7AM, called it quits a little before noon, back to the car at 3. Bring more water than you normally would. I burned through 3 liters and ran out with 4 miles left to go.
I give this 3 stars because of the yucca plants :) and because even the descent was a challenge, and a bit dangerous at times.
I'll be back to finish this one after I get some proper cold weather hiking.gear.
This was my third attemp to summit Big Iron, and for me, the difficulty of this hike was second only to Mt. Whitney. Started in darkness and ended the same way. Took a hard fall on the way down one of the crazy steep sections above Allison Saddle. I doubt anyone comes down from this mountain without leaving a little bit of blood behind thanks to the spiney Yuccas hugging the trail. Great trail for solitude and veiws. Bring more water than you think you'll need, because you'll use more water than you think!
Went at 6 am and there was no sing of anyone. The trai is pretty washed out at points before the final scramble up. It definitely needs some trail maintenance.
the last half mile is a definite scramble.
There are great views of the greater los angeles area and if you get it at the right time you won't see anyone.