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Iron Mountain Trail

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Poway, California

Iron Mountain Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, mountain biking, and ice climbing 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: Out & Back

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kid friendly

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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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rocky
15 hours ago

Great views. Parking lot was full by 7:00 am. on a Thursday. Only about half the people were wearing face coverings and social distancing. Cowles Mt. is still closed so many of the fitness enthusiasts are coming here.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Great trail, got there at 7am and parking lot was full, had to park on the street. Although parking lot was full the trail wasn’t crowded as we hiked up, as we were coming down the trail it began to become crowded because of the people arriving later in the Morning. Different points in the hike where there is a lot of rocks to walk over which was challenging. A lot of people with dogs and little kids. Bring lots of water it’s about 3.1 miles to the top. The top of the mountain was crowded from people eating snacks to refuel and taking pictures... so wear those masks. Didn’t see any rattle snakes but we heard them!

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

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rocky
1 day ago

Great easy hike for beginners. PSA, please stay on the right side or outside when you’re slowing down or a slower hiker to allow everyone else to pass. *Hiking etiquette*

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no shade
1 day ago

Great hike, over populated today, parking was full by 0700, people getting ticketed because they were parking in no parking zones. Be cautious with dogs and small kids, hot and no shade. Gets rocky so make sure you are wearing good shoes.

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rocky
2 days ago

Love this hike! It can be a bit difficult in certain parts but a great workout. Going down hill just be careful not to slide as there can be loose dirt on rocks. Went today and the parking lot was packed (9am) but the trail itself did not seem crowded. Bring plenty of water and watch for rattle snakes.

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rocky
2 days ago

Limited shade so during mid-day the heat is intense. Beautiful views (a solid 8) and enough room to privately spread out at the top. Can be rocky and narrow in places. All around a good trail

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rocky
2 days ago

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3 days ago

Please wear a mask if passing within 6 feet. Only 25% of people would put them on when we got close. Great trail. A little more crowded during the week right now. We started at 830, 730 probably cooler and better. One swarm of bees near top and one rattlesnake sighting near entrance. A favorite local trail!

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

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rocky
5 days ago

This was a good hike on a cool, but sunny day. It was busy, so next time I'll try one of the loops that gets less foot traffic. I picked up a grocery sack full of trash on my way back to the parking lot. Way too many people throwing wipes, napkins, tissues, and bagged dog droppings on the ground! I recommend bringing a sack and tongs/pointy hiking stick to keep this trail open in the future.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice view (5/15/20)

hiking
6 days ago

Loved it!

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rocky
washed out
6 days ago

Super hard!

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rocky
6 days ago

Awesome trail. Open and heavily trafficked

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rocky
7 days ago

Great great hike! The trail and the parking is open. Very crowded. The hike is pretty fun and then towards the end it gets a bit challenging but it’s totally worth it. Have a good shoes and a lot of water and you should be fine. Definitely will visit Iron Mountain again.

hiking
7 days ago

Crowded. So many people. Police even showed up and were shooing people away.

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