Iron Mountain Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

Iron Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Ducks Head, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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1 month ago

It's not as far up the dirt road as I expected, when you see a small pull off area to the right and a large field (above you) to the left, it's marked "Trail". You hike up through a field to a short span of woods and then more field. Then into the woods for an 800 foot elevation gain in .9 miles to the summit. Before the summit, you'll see a split to the right for a gorgeous view of Mount Washington and the surrounding area. Definitely a nice place to rest for a few minutes. The summit is closed in with the ruins of a fire tower. Not really anything to see. Hike past the summit and down 3/400 feet elevation to the ledges. The trail was mostly easy to follow down until almost at the ledges and then it took a bit of watching to keep it, but totally worth it - the view is amazing from the ledges! Well worth the extra .7 or so of a mile and the extra elevation to get back. We spent lunch on the ledges and just enjoyed the view. We did not hike down to the mines, but others we met on the trail said it was another .1 mile and a bit of elevation again, but very interesting to see. It was very buggy with black flies in the am and mosquitos in the afternoon. I would say the first section to the summit was very steep and hiking down to the ledges had three sections that were steep for a short time. I am a very slow and not super fit hiker and handled it well, so I would rate the trail as totally fine for families. No drop offs really, except at the views, of course, so great for kids of all ages. Even the ledges had plenty of open space for kids to move around safety. Enjoy!

2 months ago

Fairly easy but today it was still wet in places, so could use a week or two to dry out some. It is steep though. The trail can be slick and you need to be careful in steep spots. Loose rocks and slickness means I don’t see it as a great family hike with small children. We made it to the first part of the top with large rock to sit on but not much view. We didn’t finish because of weather and we really just wanted some exercise. One nice touch was the view was nice at the bottom. The drive in was rough dirt road but fine going slow. Drive in could be better. Trail was easy to follow.

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3 months ago

There are many amazing short hikes in the Whites, but for my money, this is the best hike under 3 miles by a long shot. The views from the cliffs are incredible. Great spot for the looking at some foliage late in the season as the eastern Whites have colors later and Iron mountain is the perfect height to get just above the deciduous trees and look down at all of them.

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8 months ago

Beautiful views at the end. Short hike but really worthy !!

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8 months ago

I did this hike today. Easy moderate hike. Great views from several offshoots heading up to the top and then amazing views from the ledges on the back(?). Definitely worth it to go the extra ,8 miles to the ledges. There are alot of leaves going up, I'd suggest poles or a walking stick for the way down since it can be slippery.

9 months ago

Moderately difficult, steep and slick at points, but great views on the little spot trails and the cliffs.

10 months ago

Short, sweet hike! It's a bit of a climb up some rocky areas. For the best views venture off the path a little bit when you can see large open rocks!

11 months ago

pretty steep for first mile or so to the peak. nice view off rocks in the middle and at the end. trail is rocky, kind of like a small ravine for most of the way, not a dirt path trail

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Trail is well marked, beautiful views.

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

views from the south cliffs are amazing!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Great short hike for the whole family. Beautiful views at the start of the trail and from the ledges with a couple lookout spots along the way. Bring bug spray!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For a novice hiker that I am, some parts were challenging, but not intimidating. The length was just about right for a good workout. Took my wife and me about 2.5 hours to complete. The view from the ledges was quite spectacular.
Warning: insect repellent is absolutely essential, and still expect to be bugged by the hordes of mosquitoes there (at least in June).

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