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First hike on Iron Mountain


SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Six miles, 1,000 foot gain, two hours roundtrip. It was my first hike on Iron Mountain. I disregarded my own forecast and hiked during the hottest part of the day with my trainer Karen Cunningham.

It was 90 degrees in Poway. We were physically prepared for the challenge but if you're not used to exercising in the heat you might want to choose a trail with more shade. Notice the High Heat Advisory at the head of the trail. I was pleased to see people coming down the hill with happy faces. Clearly the view was worth the uphill sweat.

Visibility was so great I could look to the northeast and see planes taking off from Ramona airport. I've flown near Iron Mountain numerous times but could never appreciate the view until this day.

Something else I appreciated about this trail was the cleanliness. I did not see a single piece of trash. Way to protect your trails!

A few words of advice if you plan to enjoy Iron Mountain:

  • Wear a hip pack with bottles of water, a hat and sunscreen
  • Remember your dog’s paws get really hot even when it doesn't feel that warm to you
  • Stay on the trail and watch for snakes
  • Watch your step on the downhill
  • Take lots of pictures

CLICK HERE for a map to Iron Mountain.

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