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Went on a super windy day and it proved to be a little too much at the very top and super hazy (due to the fires up north) can’t wait to go back on a clear day. Even with a kid on my back I would say this is moderate if you are in decent shape.

Rocky hills L

4 hours ago

I had a blast with this hike outstanding view at top of mountain .... bring plenty of water take your time lots to see.

Love everything about this hike.

hiking
11 hours ago

The trail is wide and well maintained, would be a good one to bring the pups. Nice views at the top of the summit

Great night hike!!i

Awesome, Lots of great views!

Beautiful place

Was a good hike, surprised how fast it went at a waking pace.

Good workout for sure. Took about 3 hours with a few breaks throughout. The trail terrain changes quite a bit from dirt, to moss, to rocks. Definitely wear good shoes. Didn’t think the views were outstanding. Don’t think I would hike this again.

I have been wanting to do this one for a while. There was no water when I went but it was still pretty cool. To get there it is all down hill, that means it is a pretty steep hike on the way back. Every one says it is crowded. I went late afternoon and there were only a handful of people out. Most of the time I was just completely by myself. Cool hike though!

Nice trail with a gradual climb for about the first half of the hike up then switch backs finish to the peak give a paced workout to the summit. Well groomed trail and fantastic panoramic views at the top with picnic tables and perch points let you celebrate the trek up Iron Mountain. I didn’t bring or need walking sticks as the trail rocks are easily maneuvered.

I hiked this trail on a Sunday. The parking lot at the trail head was full. The only downside about this trail is that almost everybody starts and finishes at the main entrance and there is one path shared for hiking up and down so the traffic got pretty heavy at times and we were paced by the number of people (and their dogs). I like when there is some dispersion of hikers and trail options that let me hike at my own pace. I love people and I love dogs, I’m not complaining about that, I’m just pointing out that there was traffic on the trail. Maybe a weekday hike would be a quicker pace for this trail. 4 stars, I will hike this trail again!

Beautiful little hike however no water in the creek right now but still beautiful. I got 4.8 miles. When the trail turns sharply to the left it climbs quickly. If you take the left trail near the Y you would have an easier time of it but I enjoyed the climb. You are supposed to pay a fee but I tried calling twice and also tried the internet URL but not functioning which also happened to another couple. A nice day out and about.

Beautiful hike. Difficult but worth it! Start early park closes gates strictly 5pm

Perfect to test our skills

I am a recreational day hiker and this is one of the prettiest hikes I have ever been on. The views going up the last mile are just outstanding.

Amazing views.

Beautiful hike with a moderate amount of steep sections

great hikers and viewers.

Amazing hiking. All the trail was very quiet so you could hear the sound of nature.

hiking
21 days ago

This was a better hike than I expected – as well as more difficult than I thought. It ended with some superb views at the summit of Guatay Mountain.

I parked at the Pine Valley trailhead and found the trailhead for the start of this hike by following Ed Rubenstein’s guidance below. Fifty meters after you find the sign, look left and you’ll see the silver gate. Once you find the gate, you’re good to go.

Follow the trail until you come to a junction of what seems to be a water run-off on the left. It’s marked by a thick brown metal fence. Take that left and start climbing in a southerly direction.
As you get near the ridgeline, the trail will change direction and you’ll start hiking west. Just keep hiking in that direction and you’ll hit the summit – but you’ll hike some descents and some steep ascents. The view at the top is worth the effort.

Really great hike in Julian with beautiful fields. Also a great one for dog lovers!

hiking
24 days ago

I love how the trail offers breaks just at the right time to be able to stay in motion.

Really well-maintained trail, nice variety in pathways, and beautiful views. Go AS EARLY as you can get there to enjoy some sense of solitude and beautiful light along the way.

For runners, a great place to practice decision-making for when to walk up steeps and when to run- and as a bonus, BOMBING downhill fun all the way.

This was a great trail: clearly marked, well-maintained, and provided a diversity of landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife.

Fun afternoon hike

East to get to, great views, and more shade than I had expected. However, there were a lot of flies and gnats flying into my face than I preferred. I've done this hike twice and the experience was the same both times.

hiking
1 month ago

very easy, but enjoyable hike. beautiful cactus.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike was fun and enjoyable. Views of large rocky hills go on for miles on all sides. Signage was good. Went on a sunday afternoon so it was decently crowded but not too bad - still quiet. A lot of turns keep you winding around the hills. Watch your step - almost stepped on a rattlesnake out bathing himself :)

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