Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Poway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

we did this trail 7/3/18 w a group of 20 people this is a very easy horse trail up to Woodson trailhead
this is the best route
took a bit longer
we took the paved asphalt the whole down & it hurt our knees & toes
parking early on the road

So hot!!!!

on Iron Mountain Trail

10 days ago

Amazing trail. Well mark.

Great summer trail! Wide open trail! Will definitely do again! Dog friendly.

hiking
16 days ago

went to the peak during sunset. also the full moon was rising opposite the sun. it was wonderful. went at the end of june. temperature was perfect.

one of my favorites, a nice cardio climb.

Did a full moonlight hike up this trail! Was beautiful!! Lots of jagged rocks to step over at the top. But all in all a great hike!!

hiking
29 days ago

I loved this trail. It was a good, solid work out, with the reward of amazing views at the very top. I highly recommend it.

Good hike, not too difficult. A little cloudy when i went but the views i saw were still gorgeous.

Watch out for the fire ants, i was stung while minding my own business sitting on a rock at the top. The rock was clear of ants when i first sat down, those buggers came around after a good few minutes of sitting there

Great hike with beautiful views! Not super long but there are a few inclines so you still feel like you're getting a decent workout in.

on Iron Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful views. I was surprised how many people were out on this trail so early in the morning. And lots of dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike. I went early to beat the crowd and there was only a couple people at the top with me.

There is a good amount of parking, but I would make sure to get there early because it appeared to fill up really fast.

When you start the hike you will be on a groomed dirt road/ish for about the first mile. After that you will be at the base of the climb and be taking the switchbacks all the way to the top.

Once you get the switchbacks the hike feels a lot like a Cowles Mountain. I felt challenged by the hike, and really enjoyed the surrounding views. Make sure you bring lots of water on warmer days, there is not shade!

hiking
1 month ago

Love Iron Mountain!!! Done it twice; hands down one of the best hikes in SOCAL. Moderately traveled, good for dogs (as long as they can handle the hot sun and long hike). Bathrooms are available at the start of the hike but BEWARE they are GROSS!!!

Took some pole with us and fished, went for a dip after that last stretch incline.
Fun hike, shade and not much traffic at all.
Recommended

I love this hike! Perfect combination of good amount of physical activity and stunning views ( green mountains are my fav) Climbed to 75th floor here-my new personal records

1 month ago

Moderate hike with great views at the top

I enjoy this hike as I do this one often. I enjoy the solitude of an early morning (

hiking
1 month ago

It is a fun, moderate hike with a nice steady incline to the top. It’s probably best on a cloudy day since there is zero shade. Parking was decent.

Too many poop bags left behind on the trail.

Great Hike!

Fun and pretty local trail, with some spectacular views. Great to go for sunset at the top, if you bring your headlamps.

Great hike! It wasn’t too hot yesterday, but I can’t imagine doing it when it’s supper hot. There’s no shade on the hike. Great parking. Lots of dogs and children. Beautiful view on the top..

Nice hike, not to hard. We went there with dogs on a rainy Tuesday. It was nice cool and no people. Considering that it's 20 min drive from home I was very happy

A good, solid hike with well maintained trail. Relatively easy grades without any really steep pitches. Good for people of all ages. Be aware of the temperatures as it can get very hot and there’s virtually no shade on this trip. Also, much of the trail is out of the prevailing wind, so when you’re down in the little valleys it’s warmer still. Make sure you bring enough water for those hot days. Great views from the summit and definitely worth the relatively quick time it takes to get there. Easily doable in 2.5 hrs at a moderate pace.

This loop starts at a golf course that is private property where you will be asked to turn around and get out. DO NOT HIKE THIS.

This place is amazing and has a wonderful view!

hiking
2 months ago

The views are well worth the little climb. I arrived at 6:30 am on a Saturday and the trailhead parking was 10 spots away from full....be early, especially on the weekend. Well maintained trail allowing for good pace up and a solid cruising speed coming down. Great for most ages and pet friendly.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! There's a lot of incline both ways, but the view at the top of the mountain is worth it. There is also no shade so make sure you load up on sunscreen and wear a hat.

Great views. Enjoyed the views from here more than at Cowles. Well maintained trails. Was able to hike alone and feel safe. Very well trafficked.

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