Cone Peak Trail

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Cone Peak Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cascadia, Oregon 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
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2014 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Iron Mountain is the crown jewel of the Santiam Foothills. Views of all the large mountains in the Cascade range. There are two options to hike to the summit of Iron Mountain. One is a short, but difficult hike, while the other wraps around the mountain through the meadows of Cone Peak. At the summit a really nice deck has been built. Perfect for eating lunch while you enjoy the spectacular views of the Cascade Range around you.

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18 days ago

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2 months ago

I hiked the Cone Peak / Iron Mountain loop late in July.
As other have mentioned, and with a relatively short distance (between 6 and 7 miles w/o any detours), this hike offers a nice array of varied features and highlights; beautiful forest settings (welcome shade on a hot July day), scenic Cascade summits views (Sisters and Mt Jefferson clearly on display, Mt Washington and Hood in supporting roles, abundant wildflowers (in season), open meadows (around cone peak), craggy rock formations... and comfortable summit platform on Iron Mountain to take a break and enjoy the sweeping 360 degrees views.
There are several possible starting points for the loop. I parked at the Blue River Rd trailhead (facilities, map, picnic bench, ample parking) for a $5 fee. Other options are the parking area at Tombstone Pass (fee?) or on the shoulder of OR20. A last option appears to be a parking at the end of NFRD 035 which would bring you just about a mile under the Iron Mountain summit.
I headed first to Iron Mountain which makes for a healthy ascent of 1500 feet in just about 2 miles. Most of it is under a constant canopy, only breaking into the open at about .3 miles from the summit. There are several stone benches on the way if you need to take a quick breather. The platform at the top is quite new, with an orientation table and benches in two corners. The views are a just reward for the sustained climb.
The traverse from Iron Mountain to Cone Peak offers several level(ish) sections in the shades before it comes out of the forest about half-way to cone peak, drops into a notch via a switchback and then climbs back up to the base of Cone Peak. Several good open views of Cone Peak from that area. The trail then follows the contours of the SouthWest slope of Cone Peak and the vegetation is dense on both sides of the trail, cutting all view up to the summit of Cone Peak.
Finally, just before dropping back down to OR 20, the landscape opens up again, providing good close-up views up the South slope of Cone Peak... and places for a quick break, snack or lunch. The descent to OR 20 is via a fairly long series of switchback under the protection a high canopy.
The trail crosses OR20, drops down a little, and then follows under the road back to the Tombstone parking area. This is not the most scenic part of he walk.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Peak Wildflowers right now, go if you can. The whole loop is worth it if you want to make a day of it!

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3 months ago

This was a fantastic hike! We were kind of in a rush with some limited time on an evening. You pass through several biotic environments on your way up. You get some great views above tree line, and if you make it in early summer you'll have a great variety of wild flowers along your way. If you're looking for a half-day hike with big rewards-- do this hike. You can do a little extra and get a great view at Iron Mountain.

3 months ago

Nice loop trail which allows access to Iron Mountain. A nice shade/sun mix on well maintained trail.

3 months ago

3 months ago

6.5 miles. About 2-2.5 hours. Beautiful flowers and vistas.

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4 months ago

Monday, July 25, 2016

Easy hike, beautiful when flowers are in full bloom. 3 stars because you can hear road traffic for majority of the hike.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

I happened to do this loop this past Tuesday in fantastic 75 degree clear skies weather from mid afternoon until about 7:30 pm, and it was pure heaven regarding long range views; (From Diamond peak in Oregon north to Mt. Adams in southern Washington.) The large variety of wildflowers was impressive also, as most were peaking, no pun intended. All of this along with impressive old growth firs and well maintained trails culminated in a wonderful experience. For those people who have never done the Browder mountain trail from the gate creek trailhead, I strongly recommend it as a great alternative to this loop, with many of the same features and possibly even better views from the top. Its only a few miles away besides. With its huge bracken fern sloping meadows, people who have hiked crescent mountain will see striking similarities between both trails. Its also only a short distance away off of state route 20. (Crescent mountain.)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

haven't been on the full loop but I have hiked this many times hunting.. looking forward to the full hike very soon.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Oh man, loved this trail! Nice variety of tree lined trail intermixed with the mountain meadows and rocky out croppings. We had a perfect weather day and could see all the big peaks, although Jefferson & Hood had some clouds around. Just a great hike with very few other people on the trail, one advantage to going on a Tuesday.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

We went just as the wild flowers were beginning to bloom which is beautiful. Also some nice formations, giant pines (Don't know which kind), morrels, and Beautiful views of the snow capped named peaks of the cascades.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Iron mountain via Cone peak trail : I did not see anybody hiking this loop. Most of the people take the direct way to the top. So I bet I was first on top at around 1100. I met about a dozen of hikers going up on my way back at around 1300. Uphill made easy with a lot of switchback. Much steeper from the fork to Iron Mountain after 3.7 miles. Left at 0815 from Tombstone Pass parking lot, spent 1h15 on top - looking at Hood, Jefferson, the Sisters, etc. - back at the parking lot at 1330. Beautiful hike, beautiful day!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Very nice, challenging loop trail with views and wildflowers. About half of the trail is in the shade of mature firs which was good yesterday as it was about 85 degrees, even at the 5000 foot level! The open areas of the trail are rocky and covered in wildflowers (July 10). Even saw a blooming Washington Lily! I spent about four hours doing the Iron Mountain-Cone peak loop, which is about 7 miles from the Tombstone parking area. Bring plenty of water as all the creeks were dry. The spur trail up to the lookout is a nice bonus and you can see the three sisters in the distance.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

This trail is part of a loop, connecting to Iron Mountain Trail. The wildflowers on this trail are amazing. The Cone Peak-Iron Mt loop is one of the most popular trails in the Cascades...not sure why it has not been listed on AllTrails before this. The day we did this loop was a weekday, so not the crowds that one might expect on weekends