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IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Average Rating:    (4.34 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 29

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Latitude
32.97713210908144
Longitude
-116.971435546875
Trail Directions
INTECTION OF ESPOLA AND THE HIGHWAY.
Trail Length
ABOUT 5 MILES
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Poway
   


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Review Date
October 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ThomasF ,  Downhiller

Summary:
before tempting this trail, just get your brakes services, you'll enjoy it later. you will need some travel on your bike and full suspension, all mountain is the way to go, unless you want to lug your bike all the way up for 5.8 miles from where you park. the climb is incredibly rigorous, very rocky, lots of step ups, don't feel bad that you've gotten off your bike plenty of times, I know everyone does. On the way down, if its your first time, take it slow, you need to know the course before you can truly push yourself, if riding with others (hopefully you are) make sure you space yourself out well enough because there are sudden hairpin turns you'll need to nearly stop for, as it is a hiking trail, no berms included.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Woodson Trail



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Review Date
January 11, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ihaveagibsonsg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place is the most technical trail in San Diego. It's a step up from noble canyon. When I do ride it, I always do it 3 times in a row from top to bottom. As far as physical exertion, I think its a notch above riding cowles mt from big rock trail to the top. If you can ride to the top with out getting off the bike you are lying or the laws of physics do not apply to you. If you can ride down with out getting off the bike and not falling you are among some of the best out there. Some sections are flat out dangerous so take note of the helipad on your way up. There is a good chance you could be getting flown out of here. There's 4 ft drops and water bars placed in hair pin turns right after you ride down a technical rock garden only to drop right in to another one. You'll notice that there's no bike tracks besides your own because few dare to ride here. The hikers here also respect you instead of treat you like a nuisance. I love this place and I'll be riding here regularly now since no one else does. If you bring a cheap bike here you will be taking It home in pieces. I highly recommend. Full suspension bike with hydraulic disc breaks if you really wanna enjoy this place.

Recommended Route:
Park at the trail head at the 67 poway road junction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big rock trail on cowles mt. And noble canyon.



Comments
DianeWong (02/23/2012)
I'm sure this is the rider I saw...he's fantastic! Absolutely one of the best technical riders I have seen - and he was on his third go-round. He must have had helium in his tires because no normal person floats above the rocks like that! This is coming from an intermediate rider who happened to be hiking that day. Diane Wong, wife of George.
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Review Date
October 21, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Allrotor13b ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The gnarliest technical climb inside San Diego is a tie between this trail and North Cowles' Mountain. This is twice as long, so it kinda wins by default. There aren't any freeride features like at Cowles, but it is a far more "natural" trail, which makes it better.
It is just under 3 miles to the top from the staging area and involves a plethora of rock gardens, one "staircase" of lumber water breaks about 10' apart for about 100', and a short section or water break switchbacks. Not impossible to ride it 100%, but you are a true mountain goat if you can do it. The true test of finesse and endurance.
i like how most of the hikers cheer you on here.
Do not try this in the summer if you are not in tip-top condition, or you run a real chance of heat exhaustion. Wear a high-capacity CamelBak and full-face helmets and full padding is highly recommended.

Recommended Route:
There is only one way in and one way out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Cowles' Mountain from Big Rock/Mesa in Santee.



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Review Date
October 31, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stranger ,  Racer

Summary:
I ride this trail one a week trying to improve my trip time. When I started it was about 1 hour 10 minutes, now I'm at 44 minutes, 29 up, 15 down. A few spots require hike-a-bike but it is well worth the trip down. To keep this place open for bike, stop to let hikers by up or down, a short stop to let them pass is better than not riding the hill at all. For a great extended trip, go up the Elli trail and experience an unbelievable ride down once you summit the trail up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Eagle Mountain off Ramona Oaks Road, Mount Woodson.



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Review Date
April 16, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: engssp ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Smooth to start, you can split a few different ways right before the climb more easier way is to the right on the single track, it is a very nice down hill, but caution on one of the curves, I end it with a seperated shoulder and torn ligiments.:(



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