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“Best view in the county!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain
Poway, California
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best view in the county!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

This hike is a must. In the summer do it early because it gets hot midday. In the winter do it later so the fog burns off and you can enjoy the beautiful view. It's kid and pet friendly.

Visited February 2014
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San Diego, California
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33 reviews
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“Great hiking trails”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

There is a great atmosphere in this trail. People come with their kids and pets and there are plenty of trees for shade during the summer months.
Great place to start if you are new at the hiking thing.

Visited February 2014
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Poway, California
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“The view of the ocean at the top is beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

I'm proud to be able to say that "I climbed Iron Mountain". It is a good hike up with terrific scenery that can only be experienced by climbing this mountain...little lakes, ridges of mountains and the ocean from on top! In the summer it's best to do early morning or evening hikes.

Visited September 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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177 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great Views With Many People!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

Lots of great comments and tips by previous reviewers. Less than 5 stars due to insane number of cars/people there. But still, a great hike to spectacular views, not just at the top, but up and down the trail! If you're into hiking, you've got to do this and Mt. Woodson!

Visited January 2014
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Del Mar
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43 reviews
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“Great hike with awesome views at the top”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Iron Mountain offers the chance to get your work-out outside and get an awesome view, all the way to the ocean, for your effort. The parking can be tight on the weekend, so try and get there by 7:30. Also, this hike can get very hot, so bring your sunscreen, a hat and at least 1/2 a liter of water per person and/or dog. It can cool down pretty quickly when the weather changes or it gets cloudy. This hike can also get crowded with people, dogs and occasionally bicyclists (though it's pretty rocky with some small boulder scrambles - actually, I think it's too popular of a hike and I wouldn't recommend that bicyclists take the route to the top - better to go toward the helicopter pad).

I use poles on this hike because I worry about my knees and ankles on the rocky parts. However, you can do it without poles and some people run it for their workout. Kids can do the hike also - but it is 3 miles up and then 3 miles down and I've found younger kids often get bored on this type of hike.

There's a pit toilet bathroom in the parking lot and it's the only facility at Iron Mountain. It's a toilet like you would find at many rustic campgrounds - not fancy, but it does the job. There is soap and water to wash your hands afterwards. This can be a very crowded hike, so people can see down the trail as they are hiking back - don't think that if you are a woman you can find a private place to squat - just use the restroom before you go up the trail.

At the top, there are gorgeous views and rocks and picnic table to sit at for a break. The hike is moderately strenuous, but almost anyone can do it if they go at their own pace. it is a hike, not a walk in the park - you need hiking or trail running shoes, flip-flops won't do it.

I didn't give it five stars because, while it's a beautiful hike, it's not as beautiful as Torrey Pines or the Sierra's. But if you want to get your exercise outdoors by hiking, Iron Mountain is definitely a good choice.

Visited January 2014
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