SOTA Summit: W6/CT-056, Iron Mountain
Trail: Mix of traditional trail and use trail.
Hike: Strenuous – 14 miles round trip.
Elevation gain: ~ 6800 feet
Self Spot: Yes via AT&T
I have wanted to hike Iron Mountain for years. The allure for me has a lot to do with its difficulty. I enjoy adventurous hikes and this one qualifies in spades. As they say on Summit Post, “According to John Robinson, author of Trails of the Angeles, ‘8007 foot Iron Mountain is by far the least accessible peak in the San Gabriels….No trail approaches its isolated summit, and to climb it you must start miles away and thousands of feet below.’ In this local hiking legend’s view, “Big Iron” is the most strenuous one-summit hike in the entire San Gabriel range.”