We took the steepest uphill portion of this loop right away, straight up from the parking lot, then walked along the ridge around cone peak and back down to the Tombstone Parking Lot.
Iron Mountain Trail
Distance: 5.53 mi
Total Time: 4:40:46
Speed: 1.2 mph
Pace: 50:46 / mi
Active Time: none
Speed: 1.2 mph
Pace: 50:46 / mi
Points of Interest
End - Tombstone Parking Area
Location: 44.395210, -122.140910
Confession...this was not where we parked the shuttle car. We actually parked the shuttle car at a parking area about another mile down the trail. Fortunately, two of our party went ahead to the car and met us at this lot by the time we emerged from the trail.
Iron Mountain Lookout
Location: 44.400772, -122.149184
There is a large wooden deck at the top of the mountain, but we found that there were fewer bugs and there was a pleasant breeze on the rocks just below the deck.
Start - Trailhead Parking Area
Location: 44.398554, -122.155757
We had 2 vehicles, so we made this a shuttle trip, but it is possible to walk this trail as a complete loop.
Cross Highway 20
Location: 44.398988, -122.135739
It's an odd thing for a trail to do, but it really does cross the highway here. It picks up a few yards east across the highway.
Cone Peak Trail Intersection
Location: 44.400491, -122.153335
Although it's well-marked, we almost missed this junction on the way down from the. Follow the Iron Mountain trail on the way up, the Cone Peak trail on the way down.
Headed up to Iron Mountain
Location: 44.400552, -122.151876
The track here is as steep as it looks and narrow...we stopped at the switchbacks to let folks coming the other way pass by.
Headed down cone mountain
Location: 44.403373, -122.132907
On the way down this was a pleasant walk through meadows and back down into the trees.
Mama Rosa Down Below
Location: 44.400675, -122.151661
This picture was taken from one switchback above on the trail up to the Iron Mountain Lookout
Location: 44.403741, -122.132607
The meadows gave way to cool forest, a relief on the hot day we were hiking.
Iron Mountain From Trailhead
Location: 44.398774, -122.155609
I was surprised that I picked us such a steep hike!
From The Top Of Iron Mountain
Location: 44.401104, -122.149086
There were beautiful vistas in every direction from the lookout.
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