More #Hiking to the Top of #IronMountain

Yesterday, my oldest son and I hiked to the top of Iron Mountain.

At 5.8 miles in length (of course, the first half is uphill) this is a pretty grueling hike.

Unlike the Mt. Woodson hike we did a week or two ago, this is an all-dirt trail and lots of rough terrain, meaning, stepping on lots of large rocks.

That said, there were a few hikers actually running to the top of this mountain! And, I haven’t been walking and hiking regularly to be in optimum shape to tackle this hike. So, I struggled a bit.

I don’t care what anyone says about this being a “moderate” hike. With the heat and the rough terrain, this is a moderate-to-difficult hike, depending on how conditioned you are.

On the way down, the hike was (of course) easier, but my feet were hurting, mainly because I’d been on my feet 2 hours earlier doing yard work.

However, it’s an accomplishment just climbing any mountain for that matter, and the entire hike took us 2 hours and 47 minutes, taking a good 1 hour and 21 minutes to get to the top.

Obligatory Photos

Iron Mountain Hike - July 24, 2013

Here’s a view of Iron Mountain and its little peak to the left. The trail goes straight for about a mile before heading off into the terrain. This photo was taken as we were finishing our hike and the sun was starting to go down.

Iron Mountain Hike - July 24, 2013

My oldest son is at the very top of Iron Mountain. Actually, that boulder is technically the top, but it’s a fairly wide area with picnic tables and such.

Iron Mountain Hike - July 24, 2013

It’s kind of blurry, but this is the view toward my house in Scripps Ranch, looking in a Southwesterly direction.

Iron Mountain Hike - July 24, 2013

Roughly in the Southeasterly direction, you can see the San Vicente Reservoir, which is nearby Barona Casino.

Iron Mountain Hike - July 24, 2013

From the top of Iron Mountain, here’s a shot of Mt. Woodson with its antennas.

Iron Mountain Hike - July 24, 2013

On the way back down, it’s shaded on that East side, and it’s all beautiful wilderness.

Iron Mountain Hike - July 24, 2013

After the hike, near the trailhead, we spotted what looked like an Assassin Bug, carrying another insect. It doesn’t quite look like it, but this was a large bug!

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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