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Quick Facts

Iron Mountain Trail

Beginning Elevation: 4,000 Feet (1246.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,455 Feet (453.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 5,455 Feet (1700.4 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.6 Miles (2.67 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Echo Mountain

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General Description

Iron Mountain Trail (#3389) is a difficult 1.6 mile hike. Set aside for its botanical qualities, over 300 species of flowering plants share their beauty throughout the summer season. Trail users have a rare opportunity to see 18 different plant communities on Iron Mountain. the trail climbs amidst alpine meadows and timber before reaching bare volcanic rock on the peak. A Forest Service fire lookout is staffed during the summer.

Directions from Sweet Home: Continue east on Hwy. 20 for 34 miles to Road 15 and turn right. The parking area is to your right and the trail is located across the road. A second access is off of Hwy. 20 via Civil Road (035). Turn left on Civil Road from Hwy. 20 and follow it to the end. The trail is 0.8 miles long from here. A toilet is located at this upper trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Summer through Late Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Darin Rhein (Newberg, OR)
Time of Day: Evening
Length of Time: 3-31/2 Hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Upper half of trail is very rocky,so watch your footing!Not an easy hike for beginers like us,but the beautiful flowers and amazing view are more than worth the effort,a great place to watch the sun set.The trail is well marked and has plenty of benches for resting along the way.I reccomend bringing a camera with plenty of film.Also, a good wildflower identification book,such as, Wildflowers of the Western Cascades.
Conditions: Dry,very exposed to sun.
Water Availability: There is no water available along the trail.We each had a 24oz. bottle,and it was plenty.
Recommended Clothing: Shorts and T-shirt,but it did get a little chilly as the sun went down.
Suggested Accessories: Hiking boots with good ankle support and a hiking stick,head lamp if theres any chance you may be hiking in low light conditions.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Iron Mountain Trail

Related Activities
Cone Peak Trail - Cone Peak Trail is a moderate 3.5 mile trail at an elevation of 4,130 feet. This trail has a gentle grade that leads you through the shade of the forest onto open hillsides bursting with flowers in the spring and summer.

Santiam Wagon Road Trail - The Santiam Wagon Road Trail System parallels and crosses Hwy. #20 approximately 32 miles east of Sweet Home. The trail is divided into five parts and is mostly an easy trail. Total length is approximately 20 miles .

Tombstone Pass to Hackleman Creek Road Trail - The fourth segment of the Santiam Wagon Road Trail System is the Hackleman Creek Road to Fish Lake. This section is an easy 2.2 miles. Fish Lake Guard Station was a major stopover for early travelers on the wagon road.

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Visitor Information:

Willamette National Forest, 211 East 7th Avenue , Eugene, OR, 97440, Phone: 541-465-6521


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