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Great hiking place!

Nice well maintained trail. Challenging climb to the top but really worth it especially on a clear day. Best to do it early in the day as it can get quite hot. Took about 3 hours round trip.

Iron Mountain trail is amazing. The view is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to hike it again.

Great hike, perfect weather

first one of the year, great temp

Loved the hike, the views, the location and all of the rock gormations, including the "chip!"

We entered off of Lake Poway, the less traveled road. we began at 06:00 and were practically alone. We went mid-week and had the "chip" to ourselves for at least an hour. No line, no people, no noise, no kidding.

I'll go back again and probably begin even earlier!

This was a great day hike. The landscape reminded me of Joshua Tree, with lots of oversized boulders to wind around. Potato chip rock was cool and thrilling to stand on. Be aware, to get up and down the chip requires some scrambling. The biggest bummer was the line to stand on it - we literally waited for 30 minutes while people had their pictures taken over and over. It was frustrating.

Beautiful!! Tough hike bring lots of water. I wish I could visit more but parking a little bit too expensive

I loved the varied scenery of lake, mountains and Vistas. Hikers were mostly young and all were friendly. I didn’t see any other grandmas on but it’s a pretty tough hike.

Really busy Trail and long line if you leave to late.

Nice hike. Went up the service road on the back side. Nice sunset

Tough going up if your novice. Worth it in the end of course. Took me 3 hrs round trip.

Easy hike. Excellent views all along & from the top. No resting spots on the way to the summit. ~1 litre of water sufficient.

The hike is fun. Theres a line to take a picture on a rock.

This is a wonderful hike that is doable to most people of normal physical health. It begins very scenic on a dirt trail that winds around Lake Poway and then narrows and becomes steeper. About halfway, it becomes a series of switchbacks made of mostly rocks. The views at the summit are beautiful. The only negative is that because there is one particular attraction, the potato chip rock itself, you will have to wait to get your chance at a picture on it. But be patient and courteous and your turn will come. Everybody worked their butt off getting there, let them have their moment too.

If only people were more considerate when taking photos at the potato chip rock...we just wasted 1h waiting in line for some divas to take the perfect Instagram photo. Other than that, the hike was great!

on Iron Mountain Trail

11 days ago

Excelente recorrido

11 days ago

Great hike. Challenging. Awesome view from top

Good hike. Very popular and lots of foot traffic

Tons of people (and their pups!) on this trail. Many people run this trail. It’s a great workout and then the views at the top are nice too. The closer you get to the top the steeper the hike gets. Overall not too difficult.

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