Iron Mountain

Peak Name: Iron Mountain
Distance: 5.8 miles
Date: August 22, 2015
Summit: 2,696 feet

When I moved to Rancho Penasquitos, my go-to hikes shifted from Mission Trails to the peaks like Black Mountain, Iron Mountain, and Mount Woodsen.

Iron Mountain looms over Poway at the end of Poway Road. This hike has become more popular over the years. Now, as I drive by the trailhead, the parking lot is often full. The hike is a straightforward trail to the summit. This hike does have the honor of the first time I hiked with Scott Turner, the co-author of Afoot and Afield in San Diego.

Black Mountain in the distance

If you want to avoid some of the crowds, there is an alternate path for part of the summit via the Ellie Lane Trail.

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