Ascent of Iron Mountain on 2012-11-11

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Sunday, November 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Iron Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2726 ft / 830 m

Ascent Trip Report

Iron Mountain is a cool little mountain. I did some reading before we hiked it and found it was a ski area, and an iron mine, and a fire tower, in addition to having multiple hiking trails on it through the years. When you walk through the meadow next to the parking area you're treated to an amazing view of Mt. Washington. Today it was clear and snow capped. Just awesome looking. The first part of the trail is very very wet. Once you get through that it's pretty much an eroded mess of roots and rocks. About .6 miles from the summit there is a tree marked with a few green squares. This is a great place to stop and take in what is an absolutely amazing view. I sat on the rocks for at least 30 minutes and took in the view of the valley, Mt. Washington, and the Presidential range. Just stunning. There's another ledge a little farther up on the left with a nice view, but not nearly as nice as the first one. The summit is about 200 yards passed this view point. There you'll find the remains of the tower including the footings and a lot of pieces of wood. There's also an unfortunate amount of broken glass spread out. Being such a short hike in a relatively secluded place I can see how it could attract this kind of behavior. Further on there is the south cliffs, and a spur path to the mines. I actually took a nasty fall and busted up my knee and hand pretty bad at the second outlook, so we headed down instead of moving on to see the rest of trail. We'll circle back in the future to see the rest. The view alone from the first outlook is worth every step.
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    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear

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