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Dan WiedrichAwesome hike
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2010
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

cab

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

dpsiebertHeaton Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2009

dpsiebert

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

dgrimreaper

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

TheGoatRe: via Heaton Flat

TheGoat

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

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

TheGoat

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

BrianSorkin

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

bechtt

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

Ze

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

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 2:39 pm

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

hikinedd

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

TripoliRickHistory, geology, wildlife, and adventure

TripoliRick

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

bechttHeaton Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2008

bechtt

Coco the Dog (5x) and I summited today (8x), climbing mostly within a cloud. The summit was briefly in the clear offering spectacular views of the new snow on Mt. Baldy.
Posted May 26, 2008 9:52 pm

HeyItsBenTraverse!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2008

HeyItsBen

Really an enjoyable hike with great views. Did the roundtrip in 7 hours with a healthy break on the summit. Didn't see anyone on the mountain, other than a San Gabriel Rosy Boa, had no idea these guys were out here. Pretty cool...I look forward to coming back to see how fast I can really do this hike.

Nov 6th 2010 - on the way to Baldy :)
Posted May 15, 2008 4:04 pm

mdoughertyHeaton Flats Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2007

mdougherty

Classic San Gabriels hike, done with an HPS group. Good conditioning for summer trips in the Sierra.
Posted Apr 24, 2008 6:24 pm

badalbSecond Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2008

badalb

This is such a beautiful hike. I love the view of all the surrounding peaks and valleys along the way. It just gets better the higher you go. From the top you feel you are truly in the heart of the San Gabriel range with Baldy on the east, Baden Powell on the west, Blue Ridge to the north, and the front range to the south. The surrounding valleys are just as impressive. You look right down into the East Fork, Fish Fork, Iron Fork, Cattle Canyon, and Coldwater Canyon - not to mention the incredible view of Allison Gulch. I noticed so much more this time on my second climb - probably because I am in better shape than in 2002. Climbed in 5 hrs 20 min, and took almost the same to get down. Packed 4 liters of water and ran out. I really wish I had at least 5. My skinny friend only drank 3. I am glad I took a neoprene knee brace this time because the 6,000' decent is harder than the climb. Four days later I am still really sore, but it was worth it.

Follow Up: Man, I am really sore. Did some helpful reading on DOMS (Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness). I guess Iron Mtn is the perfect recipe: eccentric muscle contraction (contracting while the muscle lengthens, as opposed to concentric) like running downhill or walking down stairs!

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/injuries/a/doms.htm?p=1

Great hike, but it comes with a price.
Posted Mar 31, 2008 4:12 pm

mdashHeaton Flats Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007

mdash

Read Rick Kent's post about his double traverse and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Found out all right. No double traverse for me (not yet anyway)--the hike up Iron was enough!
Posted Feb 21, 2008 3:28 am

BrianSorkinNote to self: yucca is pointy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2008

BrianSorkin

Climbed the "mother of all hikes" this morning. 3.5 hours up, 2.5 hours down. About a foot of snow and some powerful wind along the top ridge. My only regret is unwittingly grabbing some yucca while scrambling up. Ouch.
Posted Jan 18, 2008 7:58 pm

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