To the Top of the Mountain

We’ve been in California for two years, and nearly that long in Ramona. So, it was about darn time that we tackled the hike to the top of Iron Mountain.

Higher peak on the right.

Iron Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego County — and it just so happens to be a mere five minute drive from us. I cannot believe we waited this long to do it — we’ve done portions of it — but we finally succeeded.

With an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet and a round-trip distance of more than 5 miles, it is comparable to some of the hikes we have done in the past. For some reason, its daunting name, “Iron Mountain,” makes it feel more impenetrable than it really is.


The path is nice in places, and very rough and rocky in others. We had to do a little climbing in some areas but not much. Luckily, we went on a cool day because there is no shade after the initial tree tunnel.

Yes, that’s the ocean in the distance.
View from the east side of the mountain.

It took us about an hour and ten minutes to reach the top. And the views were amazing.


We could feel the ocean breeze from the top, a summit of 2,696 feet. And we could see everything!

That’s downtown San Diego in the distance, about 30 miles away.

I must admit, though it seemed daunting to climb, it was not the most difficult hike that we’ve done. The numerous switchbacks made for an easier climb. The rocky trail that threatened to twist my ankles was probably the worst part.

Reservoir in the distance.
Beautiful ocean view and ocean breeze.
Andy’s checking out the views.

Even though the hike wasn’t as difficult as we had imagined, we were still proud of ourselves and happy to see the rewarding views from the top.

At the top!

Iron Mountain wasn’t on our list of trails to complete for the hiking challenge, but it was on our list of trails to complete before we leave the area — and we are happy we did it!


Heading back down was almost more tiring that getting to the top — but we made it!


The next day, we took a much-needed trip to the water for an afternoon of playing in the waves — the cold ocean really helped make our muscles feel better. And we had a nice lunch with Aunt Kris!

We are excited to see what this weekend will bring. We have a busy week ahead of us but will hopefully be ready for more adventures soon.


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  1. I always enjoy reading your posts. I lived in the Santa Cruz area for seven years, in the 1950’s. Since 1961, I’ve lived in MN. I envy you your travels. Glad you’re doing it! Enjoy!! Keep writing.

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