Iron Mountain Trail

MODERATE 973 reviews

Iron Mountain Trail is a 5.6 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1036 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

ice climbing

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

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Great trail to do during a full moon.

2 days ago

Great hike
Lots of jagged rocks at top but definitely a hike to do over and over! Bring Agua!!! Bring the kids -nice wide trail

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Nice easy to moderate hike and if you go early in the morning you can avoid most of the people and accidentally stepping on dog feces. It does get crowded after the early hours. If not for all the dog mierda people fail to pick up on the trail I would give this a 5 star review due to the views at the top. We hiked early and got to the top around sunrise. The pics from on top of the big rocks were epic with the low clouds and sun felt like it was right in front of us. For a good exercise I would recommend jogging this trail. If you go in summer it can get hot so take 3L of water and you’ll be set.

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12 days ago

Great trail great views!

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