Iron Mountain Trail

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Iron Mountain Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles
1,318 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running



wild flowers



Directions from Sweet Home: Continue east on Hwy. 20 for 34 miles to Road 15 and turn right. The parking area is to your right and the trail is located across the road. A second access is off of Hwy. 20 via Civil Road (035). Turn left on Civil Road from Hwy. 20 and follow it to the end. The trail is 0.8 miles long from here. A toilet is located at this upper trailhead.

2 days ago

I took this hike on August 17, 2018. The beginning temperature was 59° and sunny. When I completed the hike the temperature was 67° and sunny. I completed the hike as a loop ( which included the Iron Mountain Look Out, Cone Hill Trail and Tombstone Pass Trail ). As an added bonus on this hike, I was the only person on the 7.4 mile loop. Elevation gain was 1870 feet ( I went clockwise instead of counter clockwise ). The views were awesome. There was a slight haze from the fires down south, but every once in a while I could see the glaciers in the distance. The wildflowers were coming close to the end of their season, but there were still many varieties in bloom. I recommend this hike to anyone wanting to experience the best that Oregon has to offer! I had a great time!

7 days ago

29 days ago

this shit was rad. we did it today and decided just to do the up and down from the tombstone pass parking lot, but i’m definitely gonna go back to do the loop with cone peak, which looked liked it had an interesting meadow to poke around. wildflowers were decent but peak was probably two weeks ago, so beginning of july is probably the best time to do it, but the views at the viewing platform are tops for the cascades. we could see from st. helens all the way to diamond peak. saw maybe a dozen others on the trail today, and the parking area weirdly doesn’t seem to be serviced and I couldn’t find a self pay station. i tend to like stuff a little longer and more strenuous but this was great and i’ll be doing it again for sure

1 month ago

wow! Incredible! we did the loop starting at tombstone and going to trail to left past bathroom to cone peak. 6.6 miles. georgeous! wild flowers were spectacular, not many people on the loop, and wonderful views!!!!! trails were not clearly marked on the loop but follow william sullivan's instructions and you will be great!

1 month ago

This hike was beautiful and there were tons of wildflowers. The viewed of the cascades (various mountains including the three sisters) were breathtaking. The only downside was that you could still hear the highway for most of the hike. The drive out is all paved and the parking fee is 5$ or free if you have a NW forest pass. There is a little deck on top of the mountain. I brought my hammock up, hung it between the poles, and enjoyed the view for a while. The hike is hard, however I would say it is doable even for people who are a little out of shape.

1 month ago

Wildflowers were in bloom everywhere on this trail. Really beautiful! Easy walk until the cutoff to Iron Mtn lookout; that was a strenuous climb but had lots of great stopping points with views and even some benches.
We hiked this last Saturday; lots of people but not “crowded.” Definitely do it again next year at this time.

1 month ago

Second time up- beautiful wildflowers starting June. Only one tiny patch of snow near top. No wildlife. The most spectacular 360 view of the mountains as usual. Great picnic spot. Always many people on trailhead

1 month ago

Love this hike. appreciate the lookout at the top. have done the entire loop with cone from tombstone and just did it from civil rd parking lot due to time.. wildflowers are beautiful....views are breath taking.

2 months ago

Just an awesome hike. Great views and wildflowers on the way up, and even more stunning views at the top!

2 months ago

Great hike!!! Amazing view. You can see Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Three Finger Jack, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters. A lot of fun.

2 months ago

The views are incredible.. switch backs aren't for the faint heart... one of my favs..

2 months ago

Great views of old cascade crest peaks and meadows! Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs below the peak. It’s a short hike but the trail is somewhat exposed as it switchbacks by interesting volcanic remnants. The viewing platform at the summit affords a view from Mt Adams to Diamond Peak as well as the South Santiam river drainage. Suitable for kids and dogs there can be late lying snow near the peak on the north side into July but not in 2018. A popular trail and part of a loop that wraps around Irion Mountain and passes over the lower slope of Cone Peak and back through Tombstone prairie to the trailhead.

2 months ago

The views were truly amazing. We could see Mt. hood to sisters to bachelor and in the distance to the west Mary’s peak. Not a difficult hike but you can extend it by hiking the cone peak trail from tombstone which turns into a big loop.

6 months ago

Snow on the trail right now it was a little sketching nearing the peak. The views were beautiful all the way up saving the best for last. Definitely worth it if you got a couple hours or 3 to spare.

11 months ago

There are two routes to take - if you turn off at Civil road, you can reach a trail head that's only .9 miles from the top if you're looking for a shorter excursion. But then you miss all the shady bits! It is beautiful all the way up from the lower trailhead. Really, it is a smooth, open path (no scrambling over rocks or anything), but probably rated hard for the unrelenting upward trend on a series of switchbacks. We passed at least two benches on the way up if you need a breather and the look out platform has amazing views (and assertive, fat chipmunks). We went in August, so missed some of the really beautiful wildflowers and the trail in places was almost powdery with deep, loose dirt which led to a couple of slippery spots.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Great view, Wildflowers, sage, and volcanic formations. My GPS said it was .8 miles from the Trail head to the top. Not sure why it's rated as hard because it was pretty easy and short.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Beautiful hike. Stunning views!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Incredible sunset view. To save time on the hike, get directions to NFD Road 038 and start at that trailhead.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Completed loop from Deer Creek Trailhead. I went up Iron Mountain first and early to beat the crowds and then continued onto Cone Peak. Take a picture of map at trailhead because you need to pick up connecting trails to get back which can be a little tricky. You can also just start from Tombstone Pass. Flowers are perfect right now. Breathtaking as are the views.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Flowers at peak.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Such a beautiful trail with the most amazing views! Took my two dogs so just wanted to emphasize there is no water on this trail..... bring extra for you and dogs, especially if you go on a hot day. Many of the upper switchbacks are in direct sun with little shade. Definitely hot on their feet. Platform at top has no shade. One of the best hikes I've been on for sure!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Absolutely stunning views the entire trail. Although the trail is uphill the entire way, I would rate this a lower moderate trail. It's short enough that you can walk slowly up it, and take breaks with stunning views. Pack water! We parked on route 20 where the directions bring you to the Iron mountain parking lot on deer creek road.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This is a new favorite of mine. Parked at the main entrance. Don't let the map there confuse you, we continued driving to try and find the other trailhead and could never find it. You can also stay on the main road, pass the sign for Iron mt and park at the pullout above to take off a little extra bit of trail between the two roads. It was kind of cloudy when I went but still beautiful around every corner. Lots of wild flowers. Amazing amazing views, would be unbelievable on a clear day, 360° views . Was up there at sunset. Will definitely go back. Highly recommend. Idk if I would rate this as hard or moderate, phone got 3.7 miles RT. Very well maintained trail. We had to do a little of it in the dark on the way back and it was easy. Kid friendly, steady incline for the whole thing but my almost 4 year old ran up half of it, then I carried him the second half. 35 extra pounds on the back made it a nice workout but still very doable.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Foggy on the trek up but it was starting to lift! Stayed at top for an hour watching the views gradually emerge, and then it was sunny and blue! Wow, fabulous views! Took about 50 min to hike up to observatory, and about 30 minutes back down to the Civil Rd Trailhead.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great hike! Our 2nd time out. Went last year, made it all the way ;)...Today, not so lucky. There is still a little snow believe it or not. My husband and I went as far as we could, didn't want to risk slipping. We will definitely be back.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

one of my favorites! lovely wildflowers, gorgeous view at the top!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Absolutely beautiful hike with amazing views! The trail is full of wildflowers in the spring. The trail closes mid November for winter however going in the snow is worth the great experience! The trail is fairly moderate with a few parts of steep difficult inclines. Lots of bunnies and wildlife, including bobcats. The peak of the hike will treat you with a cool wooden balcony with a map identifying the nearby mountains and landmarks.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Amazing trail!! I can't imagine how cool the views would be on a clear day. I went on a semi-cloudy day and still got to see quite a few peaks. Uphill the whole way (obviously) but not extremely difficult. I also parked near hwy 20, but it looked like there was a closer area to park that took off two miles of hiking.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

not as hard as I hoped, but great views at the top

Monday, July 25, 2016

Great views at the top, interesting rock formations as well. Not too difficult of a hike but all the switchbacks in the direct sunlight can get warm.

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