|Trail Head sign at Ellie Lane|
Iron Mtn is a popular trail for locals in San Diego. It is located just east of Poway off of highway 67. The more popular trail is 3 miles each way for a total of 6 miles round trip. There has been a recently built parking lot and bathrooms put in to accommodate the growing popularity of the trail.
That is all great for the weekender but for me and others who enjoy a little longer of a hike or trail run we go the Ellie Lane route. It is about 9 1/2 miles total and enjoys a bit more solitude with very few people on the trail.
|Ellie Lane trail on Google Earth (click to enlarge)|
The trail head has some preliminary warnings to get you started
When you get to the top of Iron Mtn you will enjoy 360 views of San Diego. Off to the east you can see Cuyamaca Peak & El Cajon Mt. To the south - south west you can see San Vicente reservoir and Cowles Mt. Plan about 4-5 hours for this hike and bring plenty of water, especially in the summer heat.
|Looking east towards Cuyamaca Peak|
|About 2 miles into the trail you climb east|