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Features from Ellie Lane Trail & Iron Mtn. Trail

IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL provides a grand vista to the east, where there are multiple horizons, that is... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Berkeley, California
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This is not a beginner hike. plan on a half a day. Hike early, take a lots of water and wear... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
San Diego
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL provides a grand vista to the east, where there are multiple horizons, that is, horizontal row of nearby mountains, a horizontal row of medium-distance mountains, and a horizontal row of way-distant mountains (see my photos). The trail comes to a "dead end"...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TomBrody
Reviewed October 10, 2018

This is not a beginner hike. plan on a half a day. Hike early, take a lots of water and wear appropriate cloth and hiking shoes. Try to go on a clear day so you can see the view from the top. If you want...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

During our week stay in the San Diego area, my wife and I wanted to go hiking. On the second day of our trip, we decided to try this hike of Iron Mountain. We enjoyed the hike very much. We are not the fittest couple,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank ExpoNationals
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

I will make this review pretty short and to the point. First off, if you are of average athletic ability, you can make it to the top. If you are not, or you are just starting an exercise program, then just stay on the flatter...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank airdalechris
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Great hike close to San Diego. Moderate switchbacks, well naked with parking and facilities at trail head. Just outside of Poway. Couple picnic benches and a free telescope at the summit!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Mike0829
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

This is a good, moderate hike, best done in the early morning as there is very little shade. It can also get quite warm in the summer....I prefer early spring or late fall. Weekends can be quite crowded, so I prefer to go at off...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank hamerly2018
Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

This was my first trip to Iron Mountain. It was a pleasant hike and we went in the early morning. Be forewarned, theres not much shade after the first canopy of trees. You need to be able to hike up fair size boulders (and down,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kelley M
Reviewed December 21, 2017

When you get to the top of this, just like Mt. Woodson, get someone to pat you on the back or just do it yourself, as it is a challenging hike. Restrooms are only at the trailhead, and at the top there is a picnic...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank SoooZeeeQ
Reviewed November 8, 2017

This hike takes me 3 hours up and back but I do walk the trail (I'm 64 with bad knees). While it is a hike up for 2 miles there are many switchbacks to keep it from being too steep. I do recommend sturdy shoes...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Sandy R
Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

We wanted an outdoor workout, so the concierge at the Park Hyatt suggested a hike up Iron Mountain in nearby Poway. Only 6 miles, he said. Of course he failed to say it was 3.5 miles up a slippery trail with sand covering rocks and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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June 26, 2018|
Response from hamerly2018 | Reviewed this property |
Highly unlikely, I've lived in the area for 30+ years and don't know of any mountain lion sightings.
December 4, 2017|
Response from LAR1942 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But be prepared to work your butt off. It’s no stroll in the park.
February 18, 2017|
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Response from ellireza | Reviewed this property |
Hello Josephine, It is definitely much shorter than the potato chip hike. I do the potato chip in 3-4 hrs and the Iron mountain in 2 hrs. It is still a good and intense workout but not as bad as Potato chip. I have taken a... More