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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s kind of blurry, but this is the view toward my house in Scripps Ranch, looking in a Southwesterly direction.
Roughly in the Southeasterly direction, you can see the San Vicente Reservoir, which is nearby Barona Casino.
From the top of Iron Mountain, here’s a shot of Mt. Woodson with its antennas.
On the way back down, it’s shaded on that East side, and it’s all beautiful wilderness.
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!