Backpacker Magazine San Diego: Iron Mountain via Ellie Lane 

Loop 8.3 miles through coastal sage and eucalyptus to views of mountain-ringed beaches and the Pacific Ocean.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 28 Nov 2007 5:19:42 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 6.79 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 4027 ft
Total Loss: 3442 ft
Net Change: 585 ft
Difficulty: 9 / 10
Tags: California, Iron Mountain, Poway, San Diego
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Mapped by Rajeev Jain

TO TRAILHEAD: CA 163 N to I-15 N to exit 17. Turn R onto Scripps Poway Pkwy. In 8.6 mi., turn L onto CA 67. In 2.4 mi., turn R onto Ellie Ln. Follow .2 mi. to lot.

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Iron Mountain Loop (Track 1)


Distance: 1.46 mi Points: 206
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Iron Mountain Loop (Track 2)

Points of Interest


Location: 32.987720, -116.976799
Head E on Ellie Lane Trail; start ascent into canyon


Location: 32.990162, -116.962097
Reach broad face of Table Rock and turn R toward neighboring canyon


Location: 32.984982, -116.960999
Turn L and climb over second saddle; first views over the Ramona Valley and far-off mountains of Cleveland NF


Location: 32.984581, -116.952499
Veer NE and then turn R, heading downhill


Location: 32.983440, -116.950401
Continue downhill through dry streambed


Location: 32.977673, -116.952942
Turn L onto Iron Mountain Summit Trail, more views E through pines


Location: 32.975925, -116.952034
R @ Y, continue around E side of 2,696-ft. Iron Mountain


Location: 32.973888, -116.952843
Path leads over false summit with big red rocks covered in black lichen


Location: 32.973408, -116.955124
Climb rocky, sage-covered terrain


Location: 32.970703, -116.955490
Cone of Iron Mtn. offers view E over shimmering Pacific; to S, see Barona Valley. Head back to WPT 6 and turn L


Location: 32.977276, -116.959900
L @ 3-way; cross seasonal creek and descend into canyon. Watch for neon-pink Indian warrior plants, which bloom from January-June


Location: 32.977470, -116.966499
Seasonally, watch for yucca blooms and fragrant wild sage returning after 2003 Cedar Fire; pass small pond in .3 mi.


Location: 32.982388, -116.973976
Turn R and head N back to trailhead


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