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Nice little climb, did get very hot towards the end of the morning plus very crowded.

hiking
14 days ago

A nice workout. It could get very hot by 12noon. Start early. Nice views at the top!!!

hiking
21 days ago

absolutely beautiful to hike for sunrise. no shade so earlier morning hikes are best in warm months. and youll beat the giant crowds.

hiking
23 days ago

Attempted to hike this midday during the heat, but due to the temperature and lack of shade on the trail we ended up detouring to Ramona Overlook and then back to the parking lot. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen/hat - for the two of us we had about 5L of water and consumed most of it on our 4+ miles. Once you leave the small area of trees by the parking lot there is essentially no shaded areas on this trail. The views are beautiful! Would definitely do this trail again either earlier in the day or on a cooler day. There are non-flush toilets in the parking lot.

Easy hike, good for after work, which is exactly what we did.

So hot!!!!

on Iron Mountain Trail

1 month ago

Amazing trail. Well mark.

hiking
1 month 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.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail to hike and trail run! I enjoyed the scenery. Made it to Lake Poway. Relaxed at the bench, snacked, than continued with hike. Trail run my way back to staging area. Lots of trails to choose from. Will hike again =)

Hiked 6/18/18 on a Monday. It was a nice hike to Lake Ramona. Beginning shaded and flat. When you reach the end of the tree line is the last of the shade and you will also start hiking on a gradual incline. It does get steeper towards the top. When you hit the asphalt the incline is more challenging. There are nice views along the way and at the top but what we all didn't care for was the water station, the power lines, the electric station, and the guard rail at the top. I understand they are necessary, it just took away from the beauty of nature. Bring your water and sunscreen. parking not a problem and easy to find.

A little hard to be sure you’re on the right trail at a few junctions, but a good strenuous climb if you haul ass...

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
1 month ago

if you follow the path provided by this application.
it will lead you to nowhere.
ended up doing iron mountain insted

hiking
1 month 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.

Great hike. Loved it. Good parking.

on Iron Mountain Trail

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

We started in the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve with the Overlook Trail that then connected to the main Green Valley Trail. From there, we took the Lake Poway Trail and walked around the lake to the bottom of Mt. Woodson, which was the start of the way to Potato Chip Rock. We also did the West End Loop in the Lake Poway Recreation area. In total, we hiked 8.4 mikes, climbing 107 flights. We really enjoyed the hike as there was a variety of scenery and elevation. We really liked how Blue Sky connected to Lake Poway and there were quite a few other trails that we intend to explore on another day when we have more time. I was slightly disappointed in not seeing more wildlife. The highlight was seeing two woodpeckers pecking on 2 different trees to each other Morse code style, which was pretty interesting to watch. All in all, there’s lots to see and hike.

hiking
2 months ago

there are many trails to the top. i think most trails are great for mountain biking. if u are going hiking, take the trails without the ramps on the trials. else, watch out and give way to mountain bikers when they are coming down; they come down very fast. overall this is a decent short hiking trail.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike!

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