Day Hike Iron Mountain

San Diego Iron Mountain

Added by Dane

  • Distance: 6.4 mile roundtrip hike
  • High Elevation with ~ a 1,000' elevation gain
  • Beautiful 360 degree views of San Diego County
  • Sunrise & Sunsets

Iron Mountain is the longest wilderness trail in Poway, CA. The parking lot is free and provides bathroom and water fountain amenities. The distance from the parking area to the summit is approximately 3.2 miles. Beginning with a wide smooth trail, slowly transitioning into semi-technical inclined switchbacks. The trail holds unique wildlife and landscapes. In total you gain just over a 1,000ft in elevation and the average hike time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to the top. Once at the summit there are a few picnic tables and an observation telescope. Iron Mountain provides one of the best 360 degree views throughout the county. I highly recommend hiking here for a sunrise or sunset. Be sure to bring a flash light or headlamp for either one.

I hiked here for a sunrise and started with a flash light at 5:30am. There were a few other groups with flashlights as well seeking that beautiful sunrise this place provides. This place provides for just about all styles of photography. Obviously, I took a lot of photos. Like most trails in San Diego County it is hot and dry so be sure to bring plenty of water.

Pack List

  • Lots of water
  • High energy snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking boots
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



6.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1000 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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7 months ago

Iron mountain - Lovely

Iron Mountain was lovely in the misty rain. Wide trail led to rocky path; all well marked; beautiful view along the hike up. Wild flowers everywhere. Go early to a avoid heavier hiker traffic.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Great View

Amazing view and easy to moderate hike. Recommend starting early to get a parking spot and avoid the heat.

8 months ago

about 1 year ago

Unobstructed views in all directions

This is a fun hike with plenty of rewards at the end. Much less challenging hike than Woodson, which makes it very family and dog friendly. Just be sure to load up on water. There's not much shade up there.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Definitely a moderate hike! Best to go really early to avoid the heat and pounding sun. The view at the top is amazing!!

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Great spot for getting your heart rate up and enjoying a rewarding view.

over 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

Easy hike! Wear sunscreen!

about 2 years ago

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