Ascent of Iron Mountain on 2011-08-06

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Others in Party:Kelly
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Iron Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2726 ft / 830 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took Green Hill Road west from Rte. 16 in the town of Jackson. The road becomes Iron Mountain Road once the pavement ends, and then reaches a fork, where we parked. The trailhead is about a mile down the road from the left side of the fork. We hiked that last mile-long section of road after Kelly persuaded me not to drive it, but most vehicles could complete the drive during summer. That said, it would be a tight squeeze if two cars met in opposite directions.

There is a small parking area next to the trailhead with a PARKING sign, and the trail goes off to the left side of the road as you're approaching from the east. The trail crosses a meadow where you can see Iron Mountain, where you're headed. The route then enters the woods and begins the ascent. The trail is moderately steep and we had to go under, over or around numerous blow-downs. The trail was eroded in spots, and so this had the feel of a rugged, less-traveled trail.

We stopped at a couple of scenic ledges as we approached the summit, and once at the viewless summit we stopped to rest and saw wreckage of the firetower that once stood here. We also found the survey marker. The trail continues downslope from the summit toward some old mines and ledges with more views. But we didn't hike that section today, opting instead to turn around once at the summit. Maybe I'll return someday and finish off the entire trail.

There were many blueberry bushes on this mountain, and even some raspberries and blackberries along the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1126 ft / 343 m
    Route:Iron Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Fork in Iron Mountain Road  1600 ft / 487 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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