Iron Mountain Trail

MODERATE 1,431 reviews

Iron Mountain Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Poway, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,102 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

One of San Diego's most popular hikes, the Iron Mountain Trail leads to the second highest peak in Poway and offers great views of Northern San Diego County. On a clear day hikers can see Mt. Woodson as well as the Catalina Islands. The hike takes place just west of the Boulder Oaks Preserve and the Iron Mountain trailhead is accessed just south of the intersection of Poway Road and CA - 67. There is no shade on this hike so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Mountain biking and horseback riding are permitted along the trail. Visitors can also access the Wildwood Mountain and Ellie Lane hiking trails from the Iron Mountain trailhead.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice little climb, did get very hot towards the end of the morning plus very crowded.

hiking
15 days ago

A nice workout. It could get very hot by 12noon. Start early. Nice views at the top!!!

hiking
22 days ago

absolutely beautiful to hike for sunrise. no shade so earlier morning hikes are best in warm months. and youll beat the giant crowds.

hiking
24 days ago

Attempted to hike this midday during the heat, but due to the temperature and lack of shade on the trail we ended up detouring to Ramona Overlook and then back to the parking lot. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen/hat - for the two of us we had about 5L of water and consumed most of it on our 4+ miles. Once you leave the small area of trees by the parking lot there is essentially no shaded areas on this trail. The views are beautiful! Would definitely do this trail again either earlier in the day or on a cooler day. There are non-flush toilets in the parking lot.

1 month ago

So hot!!!!

1 month ago

Amazing trail. Well mark.

hiking
1 month ago

went to the peak during sunset. also the full moon was rising opposite the sun. it was wonderful. went at the end of june. temperature was perfect.

1 month ago

one of my favorites, a nice cardio climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Did a full moonlight hike up this trail! Was beautiful!! Lots of jagged rocks to step over at the top. But all in all a great hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this trail. It was a good, solid work out, with the reward of amazing views at the very top. I highly recommend it.

2 months ago

Good hike, not too difficult. A little cloudy when i went but the views i saw were still gorgeous.

Watch out for the fire ants, i was stung while minding my own business sitting on a rock at the top. The rock was clear of ants when i first sat down, those buggers came around after a good few minutes of sitting there

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views! Not super long but there are a few inclines so you still feel like you're getting a decent workout in.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful views. I was surprised how many people were out on this trail so early in the morning. And lots of dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. I went early to beat the crowd and there was only a couple people at the top with me.

There is a good amount of parking, but I would make sure to get there early because it appeared to fill up really fast.

When you start the hike you will be on a groomed dirt road/ish for about the first mile. After that you will be at the base of the climb and be taking the switchbacks all the way to the top.

Once you get the switchbacks the hike feels a lot like a Cowles Mountain. I felt challenged by the hike, and really enjoyed the surrounding views. Make sure you bring lots of water on warmer days, there is not shade!

hiking
2 months ago

Love Iron Mountain!!! Done it twice; hands down one of the best hikes in SOCAL. Moderately traveled, good for dogs (as long as they can handle the hot sun and long hike). Bathrooms are available at the start of the hike but BEWARE they are GROSS!!!

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike! Perfect combination of good amount of physical activity and stunning views ( green mountains are my fav) Climbed to 75th floor here-my new personal records

2 months ago

Moderate hike with great views at the top

2 months ago

I enjoy this hike as I do this one often. I enjoy the solitude of an early morning (

hiking
2 months ago

It is a fun, moderate hike with a nice steady incline to the top. It’s probably best on a cloudy day since there is zero shade. Parking was decent.

Too many poop bags left behind on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike!

3 months ago

Fun and pretty local trail, with some spectacular views. Great to go for sunset at the top, if you bring your headlamps.

3 months ago

Great hike! It wasn’t too hot yesterday, but I can’t imagine doing it when it’s supper hot. There’s no shade on the hike. Great parking. Lots of dogs and children. Beautiful view on the top..

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike, not to hard. We went there with dogs on a rainy Tuesday. It was nice cool and no people. Considering that it's 20 min drive from home I was very happy

3 months ago

A good, solid hike with well maintained trail. Relatively easy grades without any really steep pitches. Good for people of all ages. Be aware of the temperatures as it can get very hot and there’s virtually no shade on this trip. Also, much of the trail is out of the prevailing wind, so when you’re down in the little valleys it’s warmer still. Make sure you bring enough water for those hot days. Great views from the summit and definitely worth the relatively quick time it takes to get there. Easily doable in 2.5 hrs at a moderate pace.

3 months ago

This loop starts at a golf course that is private property where you will be asked to turn around and get out. DO NOT HIKE THIS.

3 months ago

This place is amazing and has a wonderful view!

hiking
3 months ago

The views are well worth the little climb. I arrived at 6:30 am on a Saturday and the trailhead parking was 10 spots away from full....be early, especially on the weekend. Well maintained trail allowing for good pace up and a solid cruising speed coming down. Great for most ages and pet friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! There's a lot of incline both ways, but the view at the top of the mountain is worth it. There is also no shade so make sure you load up on sunscreen and wear a hat.

3 months ago

Great views. Enjoyed the views from here more than at Cowles. Well maintained trails. Was able to hike alone and feel safe. Very well trafficked.

3 months ago

Is a good hiking with the family, but if you child or pet is not use to it can be very hard for them.

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