Iron Mountain is a hiking trail in Poway, CA. It is one of the peaks on a small mountain ridge that separates Poway from Ramona. It is a ranked as a moderately difficult 5.2 mile trail which I thought it was relatively easy. There is a parking lot nearby which makes it very easy to access and while I have heard it can become quite crowded it was not during my trip. Also, while dogs are allowed it is not overrun with them which was really nice.
You start out walking under the Iron Mountain sign that clearly labels the trail and down a dirt path which guides you to a beautiful canopy tunnel of trees. Follow these trees and continue out the backside of them to come to the trailhead. From there you hike your first mile and a half over rocks and boulders around to the back of the mountain and to the start of Iron Mountain Peak.
Here you can chose between a shorter less traveled hike or the longer trail leading to the main peak. I chose the harder trail of the two up to the peak. Another mile or so through gently sloping switchbacks bring you to the top where can see the most captivating views ever. You can see everything including valleys, other mountain peaks, more boulders, green bushes, and on a clear day even the city of San Diego. Unfortunately, by the time I made it to the top on the day of my journey the haze had engulfed the peak and it was hard to see thru to the beautiful sites promised.
I trekked down the mountain and on the way back I got to see one of the most stunning sunsets ever. The reds, oranges, yellows, blues and purples were washed together in the most mesmerizing sight I could have ever imagined. It made it all worth-while.