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Iron Mountain via Ellie Lane Trail

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Poway, California

Iron Mountain via Ellie Lane Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Poway, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,459 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

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Reviews (382)
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Recordings (370)
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Amanpreet Singh
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Austin Holmes
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Kelly Oliveira
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Meagan Deppe
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HikingRocky

Love this hike! It’s perfect for anyone who has done iron mountain and wants something a little more difficult with some more mileage as well. Definitely more on the moderate side of hard.

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Joshua Hagquist
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HikingRocky

Doing the Ellie Lane Trail is quite a bit more fun than just hiking up to Iron Mtn and back. The trail is narrow but the scenery is awesome. Take a side trail to the Ramona Lookout...well worth it! Didn't see a single person on the Ellie Loop this morning. Trail to Iron Mtn peak was crowded.

Jj Schaf
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Very hot, and lots of people on the iron mountain hike, but on wild horse trail and Ellie Lane there was not much traffic. Great views.

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Shelly Bendykowski
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Hiking

This was my first time hiking Iron Mountain. We wanted to add some distance so went the Ellie Lane Route. The trail was fantastic! We only met two other hikers the entire Ellie Lane portion of the hike. Lots of wildlife, very peaceful. Iron Mountain was a bit crowded but everyone was so kind and courteous!

Salena Baumann
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Brought a friend on this trail the other day because she’s never done iron mountain and we loved it! I’ve done iron mountain before and was expecting the crowds but the Ellie lane portion was a dream! we only encountered one person on the Ellie lane leg and you get great views of the west while walking along narrow ridges on the front and expansive views to the east on the backside before connecting with iron mtn trail. The trail is narrow and bushes get very tight but you won’t lose the trail. We started at 4pm and didn’t see any snakes, but I imagine they like this trail more than iron mtn. One (small) creek still trickling, the others are dry. I don’t think I’ll ever do iron mtn without doing Ellie lane again.

Harrison Lynch
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Hiking

I loved this hike! Lots of cool views and the trail was well managed at most points. The iron mountain trail itself has lots of people, and parents seem to like to take groups of kids at a time. But everything else hardly has anyone on it! I saw three people total on the Ellie trail and lots of cool wildlife.

marcela robledo
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Ed Smith
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HikingRocky

I love this trail. In my opinion, this is the best way to hike Iron Mountain because the loop is a really excellent and scenic trail. The north side of the loop is a great climb on essentially a single track path with beautiful rock steps and switchbacks. When you get to the ridge you have a stunning view over the valley which is one of the most amazing views among this area's trails.

Nijessia C.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail but beware of rattlesnakes! There’s no room to run as the trail is very narrow with tons of bushes. I had to go up throwing rocks ahead of me to warn them of my presence there when a fellow hiker told me he had spotted a snake. If you run you’ll get easily hurt. There’s no room for surprises. Lots of lose rocks. I’d recommend the regular iron mountain trail now. Too much headache trying to spot the next snake! It is a beautiful trail and it’s very quiet. You can hear and see more birds and the view from the back of the mountain is just awesome. Great hike! At the end my GPS showed 8.4 miles, not 7.3.

Frank Moss
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HikingRocky

Eggsellant!!

Jessica Welsh
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Hiking

Super beautiful. Was nice in March. But can imagine it’s super super hot late April through late September. Long winding trail up to a beautiful mountain top that overlooks Northern San Diego County Ocean. You can even see San Diego downtown skyline. Was moderate. Very fun.

Rob Mader
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Relatively easy out and back trail. amazing views the whole way up the mountain. Large unstable rocks in some places, so watch out. After it's rained there will be a few small steam crossings throughout the trail.

Tommy Zounes
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Hiking

Very rare to do a hike in San Diego and see the streams flow. It was really peaceful. the trail was a little muddy but not too bad.

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Tracy Bennett
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Hiking

This is a beautiful trail but I was confused about a few things. First of all on AllTrails there was a sign that said seasonal closure. But this just refers to going off trail. As long as you stay on the trail you are fine. This trail is definitely less traveled and harder than the main Iron Mountain Trail and it is a little easy to get lost. My all trails map wasn’t quite as reliable as usual, or maybe I didn’t start where it started. But we did end up doing the loop correctly maybe in reverse. I definitely would not do this during rattlesnake season as there are some narrow bushy trails.

Benjamin Tollberg
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Started out on the iron mountain trail to the summit, came back via the Ellie trail and wild horse trail, stopping at Ramona overlook. Iron mountain was very busy in the late morning, the rest was nice and peaceful. Rocky but not too difficult.

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Craig Pudsey
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Michelle Tangorra
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Lots of rocks to climb over. overall an awesome hike. beautiful views arty the top. Took about 1.5 hours but for beginners maybe 3hrs total. bring water and maybe a snack.

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Craig Pudsey
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(Sir) Brown Cow
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More of a moderate than hard hike. Enjoyable none the less, with gorgeous views. On Ellie trail, hardly saw anyone up until hitting the Iron mountain trail. Both trails are very rocky, so a good pair of hiking shoes is in order. Don’t think trekking poles are really necessary, unless you want the extra stability. Definitely at least have 1-2L of water, because it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Wasn’t very challenging, but still an enjoyable hike.

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