Re-scheduled (again) for slightly warmer month.
Hiking Iron Mountain
13 miles r/t
This will be the standard hike up Iron Mountain in the San Gabriel Mountains. This is an average of slightly more than 20% grade for the entire hike.
Note: This trail is well-defined for the first 4.2 miles, but there are several (4 or 5) sections above Coldwater Saddle (34.2588, -117.7228) that are very steep. These sections are slippery even in dry conditions. If it is muddy, these will difficult to navigate, especially going downhill. Y
It should take about 7 hours to hike the 6.5 miles to the peak and about 4 hours to return.
Beyond the saddle the trail gets significantly more difficult. The grade can be quite steep and this portion of the trail is un-maintained, meaning that rather than well-formed switchbacks, the trail goes straight up the ridge at rather steep grade. Coming down this trail can get a little dicey – trekking poles are recommended.
Sunscreen is advised.
There is NO water above the Heaton Flat campground (0.5 miles from trailhead), so plan on bringing a significant amount of water.
I will be bringing 4L of water and a large bottle of Gatorade.
Bring lunch and snacks.
The route can be found here: https://caltopo.com/m/CDAL
I will update weather report here.
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