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aklacknerPerfection  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2013
Planned to hike Baldy from the village but "Winter Storm alert" was predicted to dump up to 15 in. for the area, riiight. Decided to skip Baldy to be safe and hit Iron Mtn. standard for the first time. We started @ 7:15 with sunrise. It was probably the best time to do this hike. The ground was just moist keeping loose stuff together on the steep parts. Overall tough hike, but very rewarding, and pleasant in the right conditions. Only about 1/2 in. of unpacked snow, just a dusting, on the peak with amazing, clear views: snow capped Mt. Baldy, entire San Gabriels, Catalina Island, and beyond. Back to the car by 4. Here's the gps: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/408726846
Posted Nov 25, 2013 1:52 pm

mdostby2nd time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010

mdostby

I had forgotten really how tough this hike is. A very warm day. Was hoping to complete the traverse over to Baldy but it didn't happen. Great company on the hike up with Tina F.
Posted Jun 21, 2010 4:15 pm

bcrowell2fun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2010
This was a lot of fun. The river and valley near the trailhead gorgeous. Had to convince two tiny fawns to get off a narrow stretch of trail near Allison Saddle so I could get through. The trail up the ridge was very well defined, and anyway it's a very straightforward ridge climb. Fell on my butt lots and lots of times on the way down. 2 liters of water (plus one drunk immediately beforehand) was plenty in the relatively cool weather.
Posted Jun 3, 2010 4:13 pm

fossanaagain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2010

fossana

Headed up Iron on my planned 'break from climbing weekend' (more accurately my break from multi-pitch trad weekend). Intended to do the traverse to Baldy and back but warmer than expected temps and lack of motivation to add another 8-9 hours to the hike turned me around at the Iron summit.
Posted May 11, 2010 1:32 am

fossanaperfect gloomy weather diversion  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2009

fossana

Too cold for climbing so I drug Jascha out for another death march. We ascended through the fog bank to find a pocket of blue skies above the summit. The pine trees were covered with huge ice crystals. We made it back to the car in 7:20 before any nasty weather set in.
Posted Dec 7, 2009 1:16 am

mdostbyTough Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2004

mdostby

Without a doubt the most difficult day hike I have done in the mountains of Southern California. Hiked with friends Miguel, and Alex.
Posted Oct 27, 2008 4:25 pm

SoCalHikerGreat but tough hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008

SoCalHiker

Started at around 7:15am from the East Fork Trailhead and summitted at around 11:30am. Great hike but the toughest part for me was descending ~6,500 feet on steep slopes with loose gravel and yuccas everywhere. Returned at the car at around 4:30pm. Tough but great hike with marvelous views from the top.
Posted Sep 21, 2008 2:42 pm

justinjohnsenFirst time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2007

justinjohnsen

First time up. I was surprised, after reading about the "trail-less" south ridge route, to find a well-marked use trail. Sure, it's steep and slippery in places, but I never doubted that I was on the right track. Perfect weather, overcast on the way up, with sun breaking through for the summit views and return. One of my yucca stabs became infected, no fun. Long sleeves would've helped against that. 9 hours 20 minutes round trip included food, photo and fatigue breaks, with an unhurried pace after the first couple of hours (I was pushing to catch my buddies after my 20 minute late start, but relaxed once I realized I'd never bridge that gap).
Posted Oct 2, 2007 12:11 pm

Augie MedinaFive Times on this Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2006

Augie Medina

Always painful, always worth it.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 6:09 am

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