This small mountain is located in Park City, sandwiched between Park City Resort and The Canyons ski areas. Much of the mountain is private but a trail does allow the public to access it's summit. The most difficult part is parking, there are only about 5 legal spots and those are sometimes taken by the locals throwing parties. Most of the trail is forested but openings allow for views, including the summit. This is a very popular winter snowshoe. If you plan a trip here after a long spell of no storms, expect a wide well packed trail you won't need snowshoes for. In fact, many bring sleds and ride down the mountain trail that has the feel of a giant bobsled course. I was able to sled down 1.3 miles in 10 minutes of pure exhilaration (in the dark!) The daytime pictures on this page were on a family hike but the kids got cold and we did not summit. I went back a week later and climbed it at night, hence the pictures of Park City in the dark.
Iron Mountain from Park City Hill
Iron Mountain from Quarry Mountin
From Salt Lake City on I-80, take the Kimball/Junction exit for Park City and turn right onto Hwy 224. Follow 224 for 3 miles to Meadows Drive, take a right, go to stop sign. Take a left on Aspen Springs Drive, follow it around to Delta Drive where you’ll turn left. At the next stop sign turn right, proceed straight through the next 4 way intersection until you finally come to Iron Canyon Court on the right. The parking spots are marked on this road and the trailhead is at the circle at the end of the road where all the no parking signs are at.
Iron Mountain Map
It may be private proerty from the pass toward the summit but it seems nobody cares if that is the case.
Stay on roads sign
The trail just follows Iron Canyon up to a pass at 8400 feet. There you are greeted with some signs saying to stay on trails only, no trespassing on private lands. The snowshoe route just blasted straight up the hill to the summit. It got a bit steep on the hard packed trail, almost causing me to put some 4 point crampons on my boots but the angle eased up quickly. The summit has trees blocking a bit of the view but most of the views can be seen walking around.
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