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mastercoogIron Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2009

mastercoog

Hiked as a day trip from Tombstone Pass parking area. Great view and easy climb. This is one almost anyone can do. I say almost because my friend got scared and did not make it up. Plus late in the summer lots of salmon berries to eat on the way.
Posted Feb 20, 2012 8:27 pm

bellinghamclimberGorgeous Overnight   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011

bellinghamclimber

Gorgeous hike with only a little bit of snow left at this point in the year. Camped on the saddle between Cone Peak and South Echo.
Posted Jul 3, 2011 11:22 pm

DigityDanNice  Sucess!

DigityDan

Nice view
Posted Oct 20, 2010 8:19 pm

BombchaserSeven Summits  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2010

Bombchaser

Climbed Iron Mountain, then Cone Peak, then South Peak, Then Echo Mountain, then North Peak, then back over Echo Mountain, then back over South peak. Lots of snow along the entire route. Snow was hard frozen in shaded areas and soft in sunny area. Temperatures were warm, 30's - 40's. The ridge between Echo Mountain and North Peak very icy and had a good amount of fall hazard. Crampons and ice axe would be advised. I did this in trekking poles and ice axe to cut wieght, but it was a little trecherous.
Posted Feb 19, 2010 12:02 am

Dennis PoulinTombstone Pass Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

Dennis Poulin

Tagged Echo, South Echo, Cone, and Iron Mountain on this hike on a mostly cloudy day.
Posted Aug 16, 2009 5:45 pm

tanzenfroschFog!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009

tanzenfrosch

Getting ready for the South Sister next month and decided to do one that I've been told had lots of wild flowers. It did though it was rainy and wet along with VERY fogy and cloudy. Got kind of cold but once we started walking warmed up. No view really because it was in a cloud but it was still a nice hike, very green!
Posted Jun 21, 2009 12:45 am

nicozoneA misty summer hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009

nicozone

We were suppose to do this with a large group as early as possible and in the nice sunny summer weather, but in the hour and a half drive from Corvallis we passed through clouds, rain, mist, and ended with a slight drizzle in the trailhead parking lot. The trails are mostly well maintained, but get pretty rock-filled by the halfway point.

We did it in a group of 5 and with a heavy mist hanging over the entire mountain. There wasn't a single break in order to see the sights at the summit. But the mountain landscape up there has some interesting rock formations. The ranger station on the summit has been reduced to just a wooden platform that is under construction, but at least that provides a nice place for a quick lunch.
Posted Jun 20, 2009 8:56 pm

dirthFun Quick Ski Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2009

dirth

Pretty quick hike up. Totally lost the trail about 100 yards in, but just hiked straight up, ended up between the summit crag and the other spire. Hung out for about 30 minutes on top and snowboarded down. Great weather, mid 50's and sunny.
Posted Apr 17, 2009 11:23 pm

BombchaserNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2008

Bombchaser

Nice hike. Fairly easy trail leading to summit. Quick access to summit, and dramatic views of the surrounding Cascade peaks. There was approximately six inches of snow covering the trail.
Posted Nov 23, 2008 9:02 pm

outdoorgirlGreat Lookout!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2006

outdoorgirl

Wishing to do neighboring Cone Peak, but too late! Nice views from the lookout at the top.
Posted Apr 12, 2007 2:29 am

Karl HelserSigns of wildlife...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2006

Karl Helser

Colleen & I tagged this short trip on this rare dry day. Views were as far as St Helens. There was at least 10 inches of snow with lots of sign of wildlife. We ascended via the main trail and descended via cross-country. Lots of elk track, cat track (looked like a small cougar) and while descending cross-country we followed a couple of bear (looked like a small adult & a cub). This time of the year, start early if you want to include Cone Peak...
Posted Nov 20, 2006 3:13 pm

gregliefRoute Climbed: Cone Peak loop Date Climbed: July 2005  Sucess!

greglief

Absolutely worth the effort, especially during June and July to see the profusion of wildflowers! I strongly recommend doing the entire route, i.e., start at Tombstone Pass parking area, go uphill (very well-graded) to Cone Peak, DON'T TRAMPLE THE WILDFLOWERS, then proceed on to Iron Mountain. After visiting the summit, descend to the old Santiam Wagon Road trail, which runs parallel to (and on the south side) of Highway 20 back to the Tombstone Pass parking area. There is a parking area near the Iron Mountain trail proper, but (a) that's cheating; and (b) you'll miss out Cone Peak.
Posted Feb 6, 2006 2:17 pm

Aaron SmithRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: October 8, 2005  Sucess!
One of my favorite day hikes.
Posted Jan 23, 2006 2:54 pm

cascadetravelerRoute Climbed: iron mountain trail. Date Climbed: march 13th 2005.  Sucess!

cascadetraveler

At this time of year it is unusual to hike into this area without ski's or snow shoes but february and march of 2005 was part of a unusually light snow year. It was virtually non existant except for an occasional north facing slope in the shade. I took advantadge of this and had an almost late spring day in the mountains. the only problem was there was no wildflowers in bloom. It was my first time here and I will have to return when the flowers are in bloom. It also does look like a fun ski.
Posted Jan 16, 2006 12:59 am

cjwhatRoute Climbed: Iron Mountain Trail Date Climbed: October 3, 2004  Sucess!

cjwhat

We were only car at trailhead. I probably would have taken 2 hours to get to summit, but Jill led so we made it in an hour. Shorts & t-shirts - beautiful day.
Posted Oct 4, 2004 11:23 am

annaleiserabinekRoute Climbed: Iron Mtn Trail Date Climbed: February 7, 2004  Sucess!

annaleiserabinek

Darn snowshoes are hard to walk in :-) Nobody ever said all women are graceful. I think I spent more time on the ground than actually walking. But it was well worth it. I'd never snowshoed before. Not the greatest views from the top. Sir Tom showcased his never-failing athletic prowess with another great save of the digital camera. Anyway, it was very steep! And the snow was very deep! This was worse than the scree up Thielsen or St. Helens in the summer. One step up and three feet back down. You got nowhere fast. It was great fun and I'm ready for the next one!
Posted Feb 23, 2004 7:59 pm

CornvallisRoute Climbed: Iron Mtn. trail Date Climbed: Febuary 7, 2004  Sucess!

Cornvallis

First hike of the new year, back from winters hibernation. Annaleise and I climbed this one with snowshoes in fresh DEEP snow. Snowed pretty much the whole climb, with some occasional sun breaks. Decided to ditch the trail at the first meadow and head straight up. Steep, steep. steep, and deep, deep, deep! We struggled up to just below the summit cliffs to enjoy our first well-deserved snack break when I dropped my digital camera. I watched in horror as it quickly picked up speed and began tumbling down the steepest, longest section of the climb. I shot down the mountain after it, sliding most of the way, and luckily found it in some tree branches 100 ft. below. Unfortunately I left my gloves, poles, and Cliff bar up top, which made for a cold tiring slog back up. Finally made the summit, beautiful under several feet of snow. Enjoyed some short, but fun glissades on the way down. Great short winter climb.
Posted Feb 8, 2004 12:22 am

rpcRoute Climbed: Tombstone Pass TH to Iron Mtn. "Direct" Trail Date Climbed: December 6, 2003  Sucess!

rpc

A great, quick snowshoe peak. Initially intended to climb Black Butte on the east side of the pass but the weather actually looked worse on the east side. Doubled back and snowshoed up Iron Mtn. instead. The sun actually came out a few times during the day!!??!!
Posted Dec 6, 2003 8:48 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: all Date Climbed: October 14, 2003 and May 25, 2004  Sucess!

cmc56789

October, 2003 - It was getting late in the day so I cheated and took the easy way to the top. I had the whole mountain to myself. There were a couple very small patches of snow on the summit. almost immediately after i summited, the clouds cleared to show a beautiful view of the three snow covered sisters and mount washington. Eventually jefferson also popped out from the clouds. I also got to watch a helicopter down in the valley moving logs that was pretty neat. Much nicer views than my summit of tidbits mountain 2 hours before. got back to my truck just as the sun dissapeared behind the horizon.



May, 2004 - Parked at Tombstone Pass and hiked the trail through Cone Peak's meadows to the Iron Mountain Trail. Great views from Diamond Peak to Mount Hood. Still quite a bit of snow on the north and east slopes, as well as some fairly steep snow near the very top. I took the Iron Mountain trail across highway 20 and followed the old Santiam Wagon road back to my truck. IT is still too early for most wildflowers, but there were a ton of trilliums in the forested parts of the cone Peak trail.
Posted Oct 15, 2003 2:10 am

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: Cone Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 13, 2003  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

Needed to get in some exercise for bigger ones in the coming weeks so I buzzed down in the morning and ran up Cone Peak in about an hour and then hiked over to Iron Mountain. LOADS of people mostly due I would imagine to the spectacular wildflower displays this time of year. Some Earthwatch expedition was there with about 40 people studying all the rare plants. Three Sisters and Jefferson never came out of the clouds but Washington did and looks almost completely snow free now. Couldn't see 3FJ due to other mountains blocking the view.



God I hate I-5 in between Salem and Portland on Sunday evenings when all the weekend warriors and RV drivers return back to the city. I could have almost walked faster back.
Posted Jul 13, 2003 6:33 pm

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