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mcphersonm80Failed Attempt
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2011


The only mountain to ever reject us... Got a late start, hit our turnaround time after reaching only 5300' or so. Next time, will camp out at Heaton Flat and get an early start.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 7:48 pm

EnFuegoIron Mtn via Heaton Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2009


Started about 6:30am. Warm, warm morning. Found lost hiker that slept in bushes at about 6,100 ft. He lost his group from previous day. After giving him some water and food and once assured he could find his way down after pointing out the trail, we continued up to summit.
Posted Jul 3, 2011 4:35 pm

platypiiBig Iron  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2009


Traversed from Baldy across San Antonio Ridge. Cool exposed ridge scrambling! Long descent down to Heaton Flats. Great day out!
Posted Feb 9, 2011 11:03 pm

GigaMikevia Heaton  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2006


Dayhike from Heaton on a nice, cool day.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 3:15 pm

labglovesForth time via Heaton  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 1, 2009


A favorite. Great summit view.

Would like to do the traverse someday.
Posted Dec 20, 2010 1:21 pm

mdostby2nd time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010


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 4:05 pm

Dan WiedrichAwesome hike
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2010

Dan Wiedrich

My buddy and I made it the top and back to our car in 12 1/2 hours. There was quite a bit of snow the last 1000' or so of altitude. It didn't look like anyone had been up there in a whlle. The peak looks deceptively close from the saddle area. This is an extremely strenuous hike for us, particularly for the San Gabriels!
Posted Mar 16, 2010 2:08 pm

cabHeaton Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2010


Glad to check this one off the list. Brutal.
Posted Jan 11, 2010 3:06 pm

dpsiebertHeaton Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2009


Intended to do the traverse, but backed out after summiting Iron. I'll be baaack!
Posted Aug 28, 2009 2:08 am

dgrimreaperHeaton Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006


Tough trail. Long on the way up. Longer on the way down. Couldn't wait to get back to the car. Can't wait to give it another go.
Posted May 16, 2009 10:58 pm

Rick KentHeaton Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2009

Rick Kent

Slow day. 2 hrs 52 mins from Heaton Flat parking lot. 15 minutes slower this time than my last time. Met Steve Schulz, Dan Siebert, and others on the summit. Joined Steve for the traverse over to Baldy and down to Manker.
Posted May 5, 2009 3:36 pm

TheGoat4th attempt and I win.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2009


I love this mountain so much, and it sure gave me a run for my money. Its challenge makes it beautiful. For a full account see the trip report Big Iron--One Look Around, Two Steps Backward, and a Giant Leap Ahead. That describes how each trip went. Success after hard effort and waiting is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 10:51 pm

Vic HansonBeautiful View, Good Company  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2009

Vic Hanson

Had a great climb with Augie (Mountain Impulse), it was our first time to meet in person after communicating for over a year on SP. Quite a bit of snow for the last mile or so, it was very warm so there was some post holing.
Posted Mar 2, 2009 2:03 am

BrianSorkinThird Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2009


Not my quickest ascent (about 4 hours), but the easiest so far. Or, perhaps I should say "least grueling". I over-prepared on the winter gear and it turns out there wasn't even that much snow up there.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 11:32 pm

bechttHeaton Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2008


Warmer than expected. 3:20 felt good but a long way from Rick's time. 9X for me and 6X for Coco the Dog. North Ridge next time.
Posted Nov 30, 2008 7:25 pm

ZeSecond Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


Organized a hike that brought up 14 people to the top. Actually brought a pole this time which helped much on that damn downhill. Still want to get on the San Antonio Ridge...
Posted Oct 20, 2008 10:17 pm

SoCalHikerHeaton Flat Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


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 2:39 pm

hikineddvia Heaton Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006


Home of the World's Most Dangerous Yucca.
Posted Jul 1, 2008 6:51 pm

TheGoatRe: via Heaton Flat


Amen, brother. We called them "yukkies" all the way down.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 10:52 pm

TripoliRickHistory, geology, wildlife, and adventure


As a geologist I was interested in the Allison Mine, as an explorer I was interested in going up the San Gabriel River (east fork), and as a climber who had done Baldy and surrounding peaks numerous it was time to do this trip. I had just got a new Jansport pack and went sloshing up the east fork to Allison Gulch where I followed it up to a falls I had to delicately climb around (didn't like doing solo with a full pack. Found two cabins there and assorted rusting mining gear. Knowing how dangerous active inspected mines can be, I stayed out of these "death traps". The next morning, I followed the gulch as far as I could till I was facing a steep wall of loose rock and thorny vegetation up the south west "face" of Iron. Half way up I heard rock fall from above me and between dancing and ducking I saw a small grouping of sheep moving above. When I reached the summit I decided to navigate the ridge going south. That was equally difficult because of the loose rock and veg until I dropped back down into Allison Gulch (I knew what was there).
The next time up Iron was with Cary and we had a topo map with that showed a trail farther down that ridge I had started coming down the first time. We had a rope and I climbed and then belayed Cary up the falls and we discovered that one of the two cabins was now "gone". After coming down the ridge from Iron, we hit the Heaton Flat trail which at that time was awful. We had shorts on and our legs were getting so thrashed we took off our windbreakers and wore them around our legs. I understand the trail up this route is now a breeze but I think the best way "up" Iron is to go "down" from Baldy (at least in the cool winter time if you have the skills).
Posted Jun 30, 2008 9:05 pm

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