Iron Mountain

Overview

Iron Mountain is a great place to go hiking for any van or RV nomad. Iron Mountain is located between the cities of Poway and Romona.  The hike is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego because of the moderate elevation change.  When you make it to the summit, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounded areas. 

Adventure

Iron Mountain is located in Poway and offers a great retreat for any van or RV nomad. The hike to the summit is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego because it is fun and offers amazing views. 

Located at the trailhead is a map to help guide you and a few portable toilets. There is no water at the trailhead so bring plenty. 

Hiking

The hike up Iron Mountain is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs can also use this trail but must be kept on a leash.  

The trailhead can get very busy, especially on the weekend.  Your best bet is to do this hike at sunrise on a weekday or later in the afternoon.

Don’t try to attempt this hike without plenty of water. It seems someone is always getting dehydrated on the mountain, and search and rescue must rescue them. Just because it’s cool at the parking lot doesn’t mean it’s cool at the summit.

Hiking Profile

Parking

Iron Mountain has a good-sized parking lot that can accommodate your van or RV. Just make sure you arrive early because it can get busy after lunchtime and on the weekends. The parking lot can become so full that people will park on Highway 67.

Directions

Use trailhead address: Iron Mountain Trailhead, 14847-14909 CA-67, Poway, CA 92064

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