Iron Mountain is easily one of the most popular hiking trails in San Diego, right there with Cowles Mountain and Potato Chip Rock. It’s a moderate challenge for the average hiker, and you get some great views. Fun fact: a lot of people use this hiking trail when there’s a full moon too.
Here are the deets:
- Trailhead: At the intersection of Hwy 67 and Poway Rd. You can plug in “Iron Mountain Trailhead” on Apple or Google Maps
- Distance: 6 miles
- Est Time: 3 hours
- Dog Friendly: Yes 🙂
- Parking: There’s a lot available and you can also park on the side of the road too
- If you’re doing a sunset hike don’t forget a head lamp
- Always keep an eye out in the summer for rattle snakes. I’ve seen one before on this trail
- After the first 1/4 mile through the trees in the photo, there is 0 shade. Bring a hat and some sunscreen. It gets toasty out here in the summer
Keep an eye out for the trail markers on the way up to guide you! The last 1/2 mile is all rocky switchbacks so watch your step. At the summit you’ll find a picnic table and a telescope.
Post hike brewski: Mainstream Bar and Grill. Outdoor seating available. Only 10 min away from the trailhead. It’s on your way back to the 15 Freeway.
If you’re looking for something more challenging- I highly suggest North and South Fortuna at Mission Trails Regional Park.