Hiking Iron Mountain

Hiking Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain is a great place to hike in San Diego. Enjoy panoramic 360 degree views of San Diego from the mountain summit which sits almost 2,700 feet above sea level. You will be able see El Capitan Reservoir from the top of this mountain as well as other San Diego landmarks. It's a spectacular view!

After hiking this location, consider these other great San Diego hikes:

Cedar Falls| Torrey Pines| Mission Trails
Elfin Forest| Cabrillo National Monument| Camping





This hike is approximately 6 miles round-trip. Plan for a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet. The round trip hike typically takes between 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 hours.

Plan this hike for Winter, Spring, or Fall. It just gets too hot during the summer months. You pass through rows of trees to begin this hike up to top of the mountain. After that, you won't find any shade. 

The trail is definitely rocky in spots. You will need hiking shoes. When you reach a fork in the trail, go to the left for a view of Ramona and to the right for a view of Poway and San Diego. On clear days you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy a variety of wild life and fields of boulders along the way. There are a few tables at the top. Bring a picnic if you choose. Be sure to sign the journal at the top, which is stored in a mailbox.

Tips: Go early and you'll probably be able to park in the small lot. Otherwise you can park on Hwy. 67. Weekends can be crowded. Apply sunscreen before you start and bring plenty of water and a few snacks.

Directions to this hike:
Take I-15 North to Scripps Poway Parkway. Exit and turn right. Continue on Scripps Poway Parkway for approximately 9 miles. Turn left onto CA 67. Continue on CA 67 for approximately 2 miles. You will find the trailhead on CA 67 just south of Poway Road. It will be on the east side of the street.


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