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10G

Iron Mountain #3

5040'+

Location: Los Angeles County, about 13 miles north-northeast of Pasadena, 34 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoChilao Flat 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable PDF file - Approximately 1.8 megs
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Rabbit Peak #1, Round Top, Granite Peak #1

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 1/2 miles round trip, road and cross-country
Gain: 1100'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, June 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 9.5 miles to Angeles Forest Highway. Turn left (north).
  • Go 9.9 miles to the entrance to Monte Cristo Campground on the right. Turn right and then immediately left onto dirt road 3N23. From this point on, high clearance required, AWD advised.
  • Go about 1.6 miles to a fork near the Black Cargo Mine. Park where convenient. Parking space is limited.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4160'), hike east up 4N18 for about 0.6 mile to a junction with a dirt road (with a broken gate) that heads northeast.
  • Turn left and hike up the gated dirt road for about 1/4 mile to a sharp left turn at a ridge that initially heads downhill.
  • Turn right (south) and hike along a use trail through brush for about 0.4 mile up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 3 1/2 miles round trip on firebreak
Gain: 1800'
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, June 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 9.5 miles to Angeles Forest Highway. Turn left (north).
  • Go 9.4 miles to the entrance to Monte Cristo Campground on the right. Turn right and park in the campground day use lot. The campground has restrooms.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (3560'), walk up the dirt road a short distance and find an opening on the right that leads northeast to the top of the ridge.
  • Hike through minor brush up to the top of the ridge to find an old firebreak. Follow this open firebreak for 1 mile east, then southeast, then east again to meet a steep road at a sharp turn in the road.
  • Turn right and follow this road generally southeast for 0.3 mile to a northeast trending ridge.
  • Hike 0.3 mile up this open ridge to the summit.

ALTERNATE ROUTES

Iron is often climbed as part of a loop trip with Granite Peak #1, Round Top, and Rabbit Peak #1. This loop can be done in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. This is a full day trip.


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